Press Releases

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On the heels of the publication of a new Medicare regulation that imposes major cuts in qualified hospitals’ Medicare DSH payments, the National Association of Urban Hospitals issued a press release asking Congress to protect urban safety-net hospitals by delaying all Medicare DSH cuts and directing the administration to adjust its approach to future Medicare DSH reductions.
The National Association of Urban Hospitals issued a news release praising the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) for its recommendation that Medicare modify its hospital readmissions reduction program so that it compares readmissions among similar types of hospitals instead of comparing the readmissions of Medicare patients by safety-net hospitals to those of providers that serve patients who present far simpler medical and social challenges.
The National Association of Urban Hospitals expresses its support for Medicare’s decision on how to calculate hospitals’ Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) in FY 2014. In its proposed regulation governing how it plans to pay hospitals for inpatient services in FY 2014, Medicare chose to continue employing its current methodology instead of using controversial, unaudited data.
NAUH releases a study detailing how Medicare payment cuts mandated by the Affordable Care Act could affect private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals. NAUH notes that significant reductions in Medicare disproportionate share payments (Medicare DSH), in particular, could cost urban safety-net hospitals millions of dollars a year and could plunge 60 percent of those hospitals into the red. The study also found that urban safety-net hospitals, just 15 percent of the nation’s acute-care hospitals, could suffer nearly half of all Medicare DSH payment cuts.
NAUH shared with the news media its opposition to a provision in a House bill to address the Medicare doc fix. NAUH noted that the reduction in Medicare bad debt reimbursement proposed in H.R. 3630 would fall disproportionately on urban safety-net hospitals because those hospitals care for especially large numbers of low-income, dually eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) seniors who cannot afford their Medicare co-pays and deductibles.
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