Ways and Means leader committed to inpatient, post-acute payment solutions

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Addressing the AHA Annual Membership Meeting today in Washington, D.C., House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) committed to building bipartisan solutions to post-acute payment reform and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ two-midnight policy for inpatient admission and medical review criteria. “We want you to accurately bill and be accurately reimbursed so you can focus on caring for patients,” he said. As the subcommittee pursues legislation to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare physician payment updates, Brady also called for “aligning providers and reimbursements toward the patient in a way that creates better outcomes and smarter use of medical dollars.” Among other issues, he urged hospital leaders to help identify regulations that unnecessarily drive up overhead costs, and to continue pushing for meaningful, structural reform of the Medicare program.

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