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July 4 (Bloomberg) — Medicare payments to hospitals for care they provide on an outpatient basis would increase 2.1 percent under an Obama administration proposal highlighting a trend toward discouraging unnecessary admissions.

Medicare, the health program for the elderly and disabled, paid about $37 billion in 2013 for outpatient treatment at hospitals and $139 billion for admissions. The proposed increase for 2015 was released yesterday in a regulation from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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