A key member of the House Ways and Means Committee said that some of the Medicare and Medicaid cuts proposed by the White House this past week likely wont be included in the final health reform bill.
Were not going to agree on all of those suggestions, said Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), a former healthcare administrator and an active player in healthcare issues on Capitol Hill. Those were suggestions the White House made. Were not going to agree on all of them. Schwartz made the comments after committee members met with White House officials during a closed-door meeting in the Capitol to discuss ways legislation could be used to improve quality of care and lower costs.
The White House last weekend said it wanted to trim $313 billion in federal payments, primarily from Medicare, affecting hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled-nursing facilities and other sectors that provide patient care. But hospitals stand to face the brunt of those cuts, predicting about $220 billion in lowered payments over the next decade.
We believe that hospitals and providers should be paid fairly and adequately, Schwartz said. We also believe that there are innovative ways we can create financial incentives for improving care.