HHS' inspector general's office recommended that the CMS allow teaching hospitals to continue collecting Medicare reimbursement for family practice residents working in outpatient settings. Meanwhile, the CMS should explore alternate payment methodologies. In a report on the matter, ordered by the Medicare Modernization Act, the inspector general's office said it found flaws and positives in each of the five alternatives it considered. At 100 teaching hospitals surveyed by the office, 37,100 residents rotated to nonhospital settings on a part-time basis in fiscal 2004. -- by Mark Taylor
CMS urged to keep outpatient teaching payments
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