House Republican leaders release tax overhaul proposal

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Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today unveiled House Republican leaders’ proposal to reform the tax code. Among other changes, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through tax-exempt private activity bonds. In addition, the bill would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, bonds, governance, uncompensated care, workforce

AHA recommends certain changes to inpatient PPS rule, including DSH provisions

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The AHA supports a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA Executive Vice... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, uncompensated care

AHA comments on CMS proposal for using Worksheet S-10 data

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The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take additional steps before using Worksheet S-10 data to determine a hospital’s uncompensated care, given the impact this calculation has on the distribution of Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments. “We urge CMS to take... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, uncompensated care

Reminder: Deadline to submit Worksheet S-10 revisions for FY 2014 cost report

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Hospitals that submitted Worksheet S-10 with their cost report for fiscal year 2014 can submit revisions to the worksheet through Sept. 30. For more information, see the CMS transmittal issued in July. According to last month’s inpatient prospective payment system final rule for 2017, CMS plans to... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation, uncompensated care

CMS issues inpatient PPS final rule for FY 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the fiscal year 2017 hospital inpatient prospective payment system, which will increase rates by 0.95% compared to FY 2016, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. In the rule, CMS finalizes two... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, uncompensated care

GAO: CMS should better align hospital uncompensated care payments with costs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should better align Medicare uncompensated care payments with hospitals’ actual uncompensated care costs, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released yesterday. In the report, CMS agreed with the recommendation, noting that the hospital... read more

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Tags: Medicare, uncompensated care

AHA issues 2014 data on hospitals' uncompensated care

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U.S. hospitals provided $42.8 billion in uncompensated care in 2014, compared to $46.4 billion in 2013, according to the latest data from the AHA's Annual Survey of Hospitals. The decrease came as the coverage expansions contained in the Affordable Care Act took effect. About 8.8 million people gained... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Medicaid, uncompensated care

AHA responds to gaps in NY Times editorial on hospital prices

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In a letter to the editor published today, AHA takes issue with a recent New York Times editorial for failing to “mention some key facts” about the complexities of hospital prices. “First and foremost, Medicare and Medicaid payments do not reflect hospital costs,” notes AHA President and CEO Rich... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, price, uncompensated care

White House proposes more than $400 billion in Medicare reductions

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President Obama today released a fiscal year 2016 budget request that includes $431 billion in proposed reductions to Medicare, of which $350 billion would come from health care providers and $83.8 billion from structural reforms. “The cuts to hospital care are bad medicine for our nation’s seniors and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, uncompensated care

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