The Senate approved a broad, House-drafted spending bill that puts a stop to six out of seven recently issued Medicaid regulations. The bill, part of a war-funding package passed by the House and which the president is expected to sign, does not include a hospital industry-backed measure that would greatly limit how much of a stake physicians could own in certain types of hospitals. The legislation does block three White House-backed regulations that would limit payments to safety net facilities, cut funding for graduate education programs and refigure provider taxes that are used to help offset Medicaid expenses. As written these three regulations would have trimmed millions in funding for hospitals. A trio of other rules that would limit payments for rehabilitation services, certain case-management programs and school-based transportation were also blocked as part of the bill. The bill doesnt stay a proposed rule that limits the types of services that could be provided on an outpatient basis. Nor does it stop a CMS directive that would limit enrollment in the State Childrens Health Insurance Program. The American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals both lobbied for those provisions to be included in the bill.
Senate approves spending bill, limits payments, funding
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