US regulators updated financial rules for healthcare providers in 2024. Amendments included Medicare reimbursement rate increases of 3.1% for outpatient hospital sites and surgery centres. However, physicians will see their Medicare reimbursement fall 3.4%, causing protest from the medical community. A controversial solution increasing underpayments of a drug discount program also faced criticism. Ambulatory surgery centres and hospitals have stricter compliance requirements. Family medicine and endocrinology sectors will see a 3% payment rise, while areas facing reductions include interventional radiology and nuclear medicine.
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