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AHCPR COVERS TWO-THIRDS OF MOST COSTLY DIAGNOSES FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS, HHS ASH LEE SAYS; REP. THOMAS NOTES GOP SUPPORT FOR USE OF MEDICARE TRUST FUND

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Clinical practice guidelines and patient outcomes research teams supported by HHS' Agency for Health Care Policy & Research address 10 of the 15 most costly diagnoses for which Medicare patients are hospitalized, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Philip Lee, MD, told the House Ways & Means/Health Subcommittee at a March 21 hearing. Lee noted that these conditions account for about 80% of the amount billed by hospitals to the Medicare program.

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