Hospital Groups Rip Regulation Efforts, Urge Better Guidance

As the scrutiny of healthcare provider payments grows, hospital leaders say regulators are increasingly undercutting physicians' medical judgment and resorting to overly punitive corrective actions using redundant and overlapping investigations.

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The sometimes-harsh criticisms of government efforts to collect money from hospitals came in response to a call from the Senate Finance Committee for provider groups to submit feedback on the best ways to cut down on fraud and abuse in Medicare and other healthcare programs.