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5 Bills, 1 Month: AHA Urges Outreach to Legislators Out on Recess

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2013

His message links to a list of five AHA-supported legislative items he said are "most urgent to hospitals right now" adding that the AHA wants to "secure as many co-sponsors as possible" to these bills.

Here is a list of five 2013 bills that the AHA suggests hospital executives should discuss with their representatives.

1. The Medicare Audit Improvement Act

H.R. 1250; S. 1012Introduced by Reps. Sam Graves, R-MO and Adam Schiff, (D-CA) and by Sens. Mark Pryor, (D-AR) and Roy Blunt, (R-MO) respectively, this bill would establish a consolidated limit for medical record requests, impose financial penalties on RACs that fail to comply with program requirements, make RAC performance evaluations publicly available, and allow denied inpatient claims to be billed as outpatient claims when appropriate. View fact sheet.

2. The DSH Reduction Relief Act

H.R. 1920 Introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), this bill would eliminate the first two years of the ACA's cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid DSH programs to allow expansion of health coverage to become more fully realized. View fact sheet.

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