On Friday afternoon I received this update from the President of the American Hospital Association. There are many moving parts and pieces to health reform … and the changes continue to occur. I want to encourage you to stay informed about how these changes may affect patients.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Fighting for Patients
“On Monday afternoon, CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) released its IPPS (Inpatient Prospective Payment System) rule containing almost four billion dollars in cuts to hospitals – all next year!
It goes without saying that fighting this rule is a top priority. This proposed cut will only make the current chronic underpayment for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients much worse. Our bottom line message is that additional cuts on top of those included in health care reform will be detrimental to hospitals’ mission of caring. In the coming days look for our call to action on this issue, our ask that CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) make their proposed rules on health IT more realistic and flexible, as well as Congress’ need to address time sensitive issues like … settling on a long-term fix to Medicare physician payments, extending Medicaid FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) relief and extending Medicare provisions important to rural hospitals. Let’s make sure Congress knows we will keep fighting for the patients we serve.”
Rich Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association President