Six groups, including the American Hospital Association and Catholic Health Association, submitted a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction asking the panel to skip a plan to reduce Medicare bad-debt payments. “An arbitrary cut to Medicare bad-debt payments on behalf of seniors is bad policy that will weaken the hospital safety net that seniors rely on,” the letter read. The Federation of American Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and the Premier healthcare alliance also signed the letter claiming the cuts hurt hospitals of all types. The proposal would trim bad-debt reimbursements from 70% to 25%. While paying respect to the 12-member supercommittee for their unenviable job of finding $1.5 trillion in debt savings over the next decade, the letter repeatedly called the bad-debt cuts “arbitrary,” expressing concern over President Barack Obama's proposal.
Late News: Letter asks panel to skip reduction of bad-debt payments
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