Dear Congress: Here's the AHA's wish list
By Jessica Zigmond
Attendees at the American Hospital Association's annual meeting last month heard from Richard Pollack, the group's executive vice president, about the need to push Congress to pass legislation that would extend certain Medicare provisions set to expire later this year.
On Wednesday, Pollack sent letters to every member of the House and Senate that outlined the various provisions the hospital industry would like to see extended.
The bipartisan legislation includes a bill sponsored by Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in the House and Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in the Senate called the Rural Hospital Access Act that would extend the Medicare-dependent hospital program and enhanced Medicare low-volume adjustment until Sept. 30, 2013; as well as a bill from Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that would extend the outpatient hold harmless provision and another one related to the direct billing of the technical component for pathology services.
Modern Healthcare will track these pieces of legislation. In the meantime, here are the AHA's letters to the House (PDF) and Senate (PDF).
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