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IRS Finalizes Standards for Non-Profit Hospitals

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance for non-profit hospitals on selected issues that could jeopardize their non-profit status. As described in a commentary by the U.S. Treasury Department, non-profit hospitals must: Limit charges.  Hospitals may not charge individuals eligible for financial assistance more for emergency or other medically necessary care than the amounts generally billed to patients with insurance (including Medicare, Medicaid, or private commercial insurance).  Establish and disclose financial assistance policies.  Each hospital must establish and widely publicize a financial assistance policy that clearly describes to patients the eligibility criteria for obtaining financial assistance and the method for [&hellip

MedPAC Considers FY 2016 Pay Boost for Inpatient, Outpatient Payments

Medicare payments to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient care could rise 3.25 percent in the coming fiscal year. At least that is what members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed recommending to Congress when they met last week in Washington. During MedPAC’s two-day public meeting, members discussed recommending to Congress a 3.25 percent increase in Medicare inpatient and outpatient payments in FY 2016.   They will vote on their recommendation at their next meeting. A presentation to MedPAC members by their staff also offered a number of observations about Medicare services: Demand for hospital services is stable. With hospital [&hellip

MACPAC Looks at Medicaid, CHIP Issues

The non-partisan federal agency charged with advising Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on matters involving Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) met last week in Washington, D.C. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) addressed a number of CHIP-related issues during its September 18-19 meetings, including the future of the program, its funding, state experiences with CHIP changes, and consumer protections. MACPAC also looked at a variety of Medicaid issues, including state Medicaid expansions through premium assistance, enrollment so far in 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicaid [&hellip

Members of Congress Urge Delay in Medicare DSH Cuts

Fifty-eight members of the House of Representatives have written to House leadership asking them to delay the continued implementation of Affordable Care Act-mandated Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) cuts. The letter, to House Speaker John Boehner and minority leader Nancy Pelosi, notes that …hospitals that qualify for Medicare DSH are, by definition, the very providers caring for the greatest numbers of low-income and low-income elderly patients.  In recent years, hospitals have incurred $270 billion in Medicare cuts, including reductions in their annual cost-of-living adjustments, penalties through Medicare’s value-based purchasing and readmissions reduction programs, reduced Medicare bad debt reimbursement, and continued [&hellip

NAUH Calls for Delay of Medicare DSH Cuts

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has asked members of the House of Representatives to sign onto a bipartisan letter from Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Edwin Nunes (R-CA) asking House leaders to bring to the floor legislation to delay cuts in Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) required by the Affordable Care Act. In the letter, NAUH notes that Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) are hurting private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals and other providers like them that care for especially large numbers of low-income, low-income elderly, and uninsured patients. Many [&hellip

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