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Ways and Means Democrats Set Forth “Options”

The Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee has released a document outlining 24 Medicare cuts that will most likely be considered by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as that group considers deficit reduction proposals to present to Congress for an up or down vote by the end of the year.  The committee’s staff notes that it offers them as “options,” not as proposals.iStock_000015725011XSmall

Three of those options are of particular interest to urban safety-net hospitals – and would be especially damaging for such hospitals:

  • Reduce or eliminate Medicare bad debt reimbursement.
  • Cut reimbursement for graduate medical education.
  • Recoup overpayments from inpatient hospital documentation and coding improvements.

An article in the publication The Hill describes these and other options and provides a link to the Ways and Means Committee’s document itself.

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