January 3, 2019 / 12:44 AM / 8 months ago

U.S. defends rule governing Medicare payments to hospitals

The U.S. government on Wednesday urged a federal appeals court to sign off on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule that, starting in 2005, reduced Medicare payments to hospitals who see high numbers of low-income patients.

The Justice Department, on behalf of HHS, disputed arguments by more than 30 hospitals who first sued over the rule in 2017 alleging it was arbitrary, in a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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