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Hospital leaders urge Congress to reject cuts, protect patient care

December 11, 2012

More than 100 hospital leaders united today on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to protect hospital patients' access to care in any agreements aimed at averting the fiscal cliff. "Only you can bring home what it's going to mean in your community if Congress makes further cuts to hospital payments," AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock told participants in the AHA Advocacy Day, who were briefed in Washington and via webcast before sharing with lawmakers their priorities for the lame-duck session. These include extending certain Medicare provisions for small or rural hospitals; opposing Medicare payment cuts for hospital outpatient evaluation and management services and inpatient coding; and rejecting cuts to Medicaid state provider assessments and for low-income Medicare beneficiaries (bad debt).