James I. Huddleston III, MD, chair of the AAHKS Health Policy Council, is quoted in a March 21 Washington Post article, “New cost-cutting Medicare rule may add costs to patients.” The story examines a recent Medicare change to remove 266 musculoskeletal surgeries from its “inpatient-only” list, which CMS says is intended to encourage competition among hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. “The impetus for this is for Medicare to save money,” he says: “For some patients, it could mean higher out-of-pocket charges for the care.” Read the full story.

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