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Maryland Commission Staff Recommend Hospital Rate Hike

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The staff of the Health Services Cost Review Commission will recommend that the commission approve a 1.65% hike in the rates Maryland hospitals can charge patients for services and procedures.

In addition to the staff recommendation, there are recommendations from the Maryland Hospital Association (a 2.43% rate increase) and insurers (a 1.35% raise).

The seven-member commission will hear testimony Wednesday from stakeholders and weigh the staff input at a meeting in Baltimore. It may alter any proposals before taking a final vote at the meeting.

The rate increase would be in effect from July 1 through the end of the year.

The commission updates rates at least annually under a unique waiver that exempts the state from Medicare payment methods.

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