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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Congress Extends Moratorium on Specialty Hospitals (Again)

S. 1932 passed in the Senate this morning by a vote of 51-50 (with Veep Cheney casting the deciding vote), following the House's passage on Monday (212-206).  There are quite a few changes to Medicare and Medicaid tucked away in Conference Report 109-362 (not available on Thomas, but available (presumably for a fee) at the BNA website). One of the more significant developments is the continuation of the moratorium on new specialty hospitals (download specialty_hospitals.pdf).  There's also a provision that instructs the Secretary of HHS to conduct a pilot program to evaluate gainsharing. [tm]

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