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NAUH Asks Budget Conferees Not to Cut Medicare, Medicaid

As the congressional budget conference committee begins work, the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has asked the committee’s members to protect urban safety-net hospitals from further Medicare and Medicaid cuts. In a message sent to all of the conferees, NAUH notes the numerous cuts these hospitals have only recently incurred ­– Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid DSH cuts, Medicare bad debt reimbursement reductions, and others – and noted that any further cuts could jeopardize jobs and access to care in communities served by urban safety-net hospitals across the country. Read NAUH’s complete message to the budget conferees [&hellip

Sequestration 101

Unless Congress and the President act in the next week, a process called “sequestration” – a product of the federal Budget Control Act of 2011 – will take effect in which significant cuts in federal spending will automatically and immediately take effect. Significantly, from the perspective of hospitals, all Medicare payments to hospitals will be cut two percent.  (Medicaid is not affected by sequestration).  Such a cut would be especially damaging to the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals. But what is sequestration and what are its implications for Medicare and those who depend on Medicare to pay for their [&hellip

Medicaid Safe, White House Aide Says

While the Obama administration is willing to discuss further Medicare cuts as part of a broader effort to reduce federal spending, it opposes any further cuts in Medicaid, according to a White House aide. Speaking at a Families USA conference, economic advisor Gene Sperling explained that the administration now opposes even the Medicaid cuts it proposed last year but is willing to negotiate changes in Medicare that could result in reduced spending on that program. Read more about the White House’s emerging priorities in this article from The Hill

A Medicare Cuts Menu

As policy-makers in Washington, D.C. continue to talk about ways to reduce federal spending, or at least the growth of federal spending, it is clear they also will continue to look at Medicare as a potential source of savings. When they do, they will draw from a variety of past efforts to cut Medicare costs – recommendations from congressional committees, presidential commissions, MedPAC, and others. The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) is naturally concerned about the prospect of additional Medicare cuts because the Affordable Care Act and other recent federal legislation and programs have already resulted in billions of [&hellip

How Hospitals Staved Off Threatened Fiscal Cliff Cuts

Hospitals were spared three of the major Medicare cuts they feared most in the fiscal cliff solution – bad debt reimbursement, graduate medical education payments, and outpatient evaluation and management (E&M) fees – through vigorous lobbying of Congress. As the fiscal cliff deadline drew nearer, according to the publication Politico, hospital associations, ad hoc coalitions of providers, and individual hospitals communicated directly with their members of Congress and deployed their lobbyists to make their case to Congress.  Consequently, while hospitals did suffer some Medicare cuts in the fiscal cliff solution, they were spared the cuts they feared the most. And [&hellip

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