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MedPAC Proposes Pay Raise for Hospitals

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has urged Congress to direct the administration to raise Medicare acute-care hospital inpatient and outpatient fee-for-service rates 3.25 percent in FY 2015. It also recommended no rate increases for ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis providers, skilled nursing facilities, home health care services, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term-care hospitals, and hospice facilities in the coming fiscal year. In addition, MedPAC urge Congress to direct the administration to revised the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities; implement a value-based purchasing system for ambulatory surgery centers no later than 2016; and reduce payments to skilled nursing facilities and [&hellip

NAUH Asks House Members to Co-Sponsor Bill

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has asked members of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 4188, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmissions Program Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and introduced just last week, would add a risk adjustment component to Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program.  NAUH has long advocated such an addition, maintaining that many of the low-income patients urban safety-net hospitals serve are fundamentally harder to treat than the typical hospital patient and that safety-net hospitals are unfairly targeted for financial penalties by the program.  Several recent studies support NAUH’s view. [&hellip

NAUH Endorses Medicare Bill

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has endorsed H.R. 4188, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmissions Program Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and introduced just last week, would add a risk adjustment component to Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program.  NAUH has long advocated such an addition, maintaining that many of the low-income patients urban safety-net hospitals serve are fundamentally harder to treat than the typical hospital patient and that safety-net hospitals are unfairly targeted for financial penalties by the program.  Several recent studies support NAUH’s view. See NAUH’s letter of endorsement for the bill [&hellip

Bill Would Modify Medicare Readmissions Program

New legislation introduced in Congress would add a risk adjustment component to Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program. Under H.R. 4188, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act, hospitals’ performance in preventing Medicare readmissions would be risk-adjusted for patients who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid; for patients who are considered non-compliant; for patients whose readmission has been classified as based on psychosis or substance abuse; and for patients who have specific medical conditions. Hospitals found to have too many Medicare readmissions suffer financial penalties under the program. The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has long [&hellip

NAUH Urges Senate to Protect Urban Safety-Net Hospitals

With the Senate Finance Committee looking for ways to pay for a permanent solution to the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) challenge, the National Association of Urban Hospitals has asked the committee’s members to reject any proposal to pay for that solution with further cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments to urban safety-net hospitals. See NAUH’s message to Senate Finance Committee members here

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