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Hospitals to Congress: Drop Payment Cap Proposal



The nation's four largest hospital associations and their allies are urging Congress to oppose a cap on payments for outpatient services in hospitals. The groups say the proposal would reduce payments by at least 71% for 10 of the most common outpatient hospital services.



1 comments on "Hospitals to Congress: Drop Payment Cap Proposal"
Lawrence Lewis, CEO, PMHD (9/19/2012 at 11:23 AM)

The proposed payment cap that would reduce hospital payments to the difference between hospital based ER visits and physician office patient visits, does not consider the burden that is placed on hospitals to see EVERY patient that arrives on campus seeking maedical care. It does not take into consideration the cost of maintaining a service 24X7 that is prepared to see patients of any condition and unknown medical history from a pulled chest muscle resulting from a cough or sneeze, to a blockage that could ultimately end up with open heart sugery. They do not consider the patients that walk in with a headache due to lack of sleep to a pain symptomatic of a brain aneurism. Proposed signficant changes to compensation structures should be researched thoroughly and based on the cost of providing the services that are being required of a hospital emergency rooms. This is why it's important for legislators to develop working relationships with the hospital associations that engage industry leaders in collaborating to develop sound proposals.