Hospitals flex lobbying muscle to bypass some cuts (Politico)

January 7, 2013 – For all the hits the hospital industry took in the final fiscal cliff deal, it managed to persuade Congress to avoid some of the biggest cuts that had been looming over it for years: cuts to outpatient payments, graduate medical education and “bad debt” payments. It’s partly a reflection of the strength of the hospital sector in Washington. Hospitals have some of the strongest lobbying muscle because every member of Congress has at least one in their district. They don’t just provide needed health care but are typically one of the largest employers, too.

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