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Federal Budget Pleases Doctors, Not Hospitals

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2011

Wilson said the AMA was also pleased to see funding included in the budget for "testing innovative medical liability measures (as) an important way to augment efforts to enact the proven reforms such as those included in the HEALTH Act (HR 5)."

"The AMA supports the proven medical liability reforms in HR 5, which have been shown effective in states such as California and Texas, as well as the testing of innovative measures such as those funded in the President's budget proposal," Wilson said.

American Hospital Association President Rich Umbdenstock said the trade group was "deeply disappointed" that the president's call for about $18 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next decade.

"At a time when hospitals have already been asked to absorb big cuts at the state level, and state budgets are already stretched, it is unwise to ask states to continue to do more with less," Umbdenstock said. "In addition, we are also disappointed to see elimination of funding for the children's graduate medical education program at a time when there is a need for an expanded physician workforce. While we fully support eliminating future reductions to physicians, the answer to the physician payment issue is not cutting one provider to reimburse another."


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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1 comments on "Federal Budget Pleases Doctors, Not Hospitals"


Scott Sneed (2/22/2011 at 8:55 PM)
What does it mean shifting Medicare payments from states, insurors? Please explain