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WASHINGTON — There are few things that get lawmakers in Washington salivating more than a wonky policy that saves the federal government a whole lot of money.

As debate in the Capitol rages about the future of the Medicare program, hospitals are worried that lawmakers could finally be considering a change they hate — so-called site neutral payment policy. It’s somewhat of a unicorn on Capitol Hill — it saves the federal government tens of billions of dollars, reduces patient costs, and it’s gained bipartisan support over the years.

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