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MD officials outline huge changes to payment system for hospitals

The Washington Post / Associated Press, March 28, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland health officials on Wednesday outlined major changes to how hospital costs are paid in an effort to keep the state's unique Medicare waiver agreement with the federal government — a deal that has provided enormous financial benefits to the state in recent decades. Joshua Sharfstein, the state's health secretary, and John Colmers, chairman of the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission, briefed lawmakers about the proposal, which was submitted to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday.