AHA to MedPAC: Raise, Don’t Cut Hospital Payments (HealthLeaders)

January 8, 2013 – Flawed analysis and methodology, and the failure to understand that hospitalized patients require costlier care than in the past permeate the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s December recommendations for reducing inpatient and outpatient payment rates for FY 2014, which starts this October. Those are among the concerns expressed in the American Hospital Association’s 7-page letter Jan. 4 to MedPAC chairman Glenn Hackbarth.  Medicare payment margins fell sharply in 2011 from a negative 4.7% in 2010 to a negative 5.8% in 2011—a drop of 1.1 percentage points.

Link to Full Article: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/print/LED-288100/AHA-to-MedPAC-Raise-Dont-Cut-Hospital-Payments

Link to AHA Letter: http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/letter/2013/130107-let-aha-medpac.pdf



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