Comparisons of the opening lines from two hospital industry letters requesting another delay in the implementation of the Medicare prospective payment system for outpatient care.
From the Catholic Health Association:
"Thank you again for meeting with leaders from Catholic healthcare earlier this week. I hope that our conversation on HCFA's implementation of the new Medicare PPS for hospital outpatient care was beneficial and that it conveyed to you the serious concerns that we have."
From the American Hospital Association-led coalition:
"We acknowledge the efforts of HCFA to ready the outpatient PPS for implementation. Despite those efforts, it is evident the system cannot be implemented on Aug. 1 and, accordingly, we reluctantly conclude that a delay is required."