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NAUH Asks for House’s Help

NAUH has again reached out to House members for critical legislative support. With Congress’s payroll tax conference committee about to begin work, NAUH has written to every member of the U.S. House to ask them to sign onto a letter sponsored by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Judy Chu (D-CA) asking conference committee members not to pay for any proposals by reducing Medicare or Medicaid payments to urban safety-net hospitals.  Read NAUH’s message to House members here

NAUH Seeks House Help With Conference Committee

NAUH continues its efforts to urge Congress not to reduce Medicare and Medicaid payments to urban safety-net hospitals. In its latest move, NAUH has asked members of the House to sign onto a letter sponsored by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Judy Chu (D-CA) urging the payroll tax conference committee not to pay for any of its tax provisions, or its extension of relief from the Medicare sustainable growth formula (SGR – the so-called Medicare doc fix), by proposing cuts in Medicare or Medicaid that would reduce payments to urban safety-net hospitals. This issue is so important to NAUH and [&hellip

ACOs for Safety-Net Providers?

Could safety-net providers – such as urban safety-net hospitals – work together to create their own accountable care organizations (ACOs)? A Commonwealth Fund blog takes a look at how ACOs operate, the barriers to safety-net hospitals forming ACOs, the benefits of doing so, and how government can help.  Read the blog entry here

States Looking for Medicaid Solutions

As state Medicaid costs rise, states continue to look for new and better ways to limit the growth of their Medicaid spending. A recent health policy brief produced by the journal Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the requirements states must continue to fulfill regardless of what solutions they try and outlines many of the most frequently discussed reform proposals, including Medicaid block grants, easing eligibility requirements, eliminating the waiver process, introducing greater cost-sharing, repealing maintenance-of-effort requirements, and more. Urban safety-net hospitals have an enormous stake in the paths states ultimately choose to follow. Read the Health [&hellip

CMS Proposes Redefining “Uninsured” for Medicaid DSH Purposes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would refine the definition of “uninsured” for the purpose of calculating eligible hospitals’ future Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) payments. Under the proposed regulation, services provided to patients who have health insurance but whose insurance does not cover the service delivered would count as uninsured care, as would care provided to patients who have exceeded their policies’ annual or lifetime limits. This issue is of great interest to the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) and urban safety-net hospitals across the country. Interested parties have until [&hellip

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