Representative Gwen Graham Opposes Medicare Hospital Payment Cuts

In a letter delivered to HHS last week, Representative Gwen Graham calls on Secretary Sylvia Burwell to protect seniors in Florida from the effects of Medicare payment cuts to hospitals. Specifically, Representative Graham urged the Obama Administration to oppose Medicare bad debt cuts to hospitals which serves as a “backstop” for America’s seniors ensuring they will have access to hospital care. In the 50 years since Medicare’s inception, bad debt reimbursement has helped hospitals, serving Medicare patients, defray part of the cost of seniors’ unpaid Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Over time, this “backstop” coverage has been reduced from 100% to now […] Read More »

Latest Altarum Institute Report Outlines “Remarkable” Hospital Prices Data

The Altarum Institute yesterday released its monthly Health Sector Economic Indicators Price Brief for February, which offers a year-on-year assessment of health care economics in 2013 and 2014.  In particular, this report provides definitive proof of continuing slowed hospital care price growth and is a critical indicator of the reality of hospital realignment. The headline of the Altarum Institute’s report notes that the growth rate of hospital prices is historically low:  “The big news for the month is the minimal hospital price growth—at 0.9%, the lowest rate since September 1998.” The report also highlights the lowest price growth in Altarum’s […] Read More »

Open Enrollment Ends February 15th: Community Hospitals Stand Ready to Help

As the open enrollment period for health care coverage heads into its final week, consumers face critical coverage decisions and enrollment options for their families.  Your local community hospitals remain at the ready during this final week to help consumers make the health care coverage choice that is right for them. Your local community hospitals are aware of many online tools and resources available, including https://www.healthcare.gov/, to help consumers navigate and select coverage options that best meet the needs of their families.  We strongly encourage consumers to utilize these resources and reach out to their local hospitals if they have […] Read More »