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History shows importance of proper cost reporting

Providers setting charges based on an understanding of their costs is not a new concept, says Jugna Shah, MPH, president and founder of Nimitt Consulting. However, providers struggle with this or fail to do it correctly, and then stand to deteriorate their future payment rates since CMS relies on provider data to set payment rates not only for inpatient and outpatient services, but also for laboratory services.

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