CHA News Article

Bi-Partisan Legislation for Risk-Adjustment in Readmissions Program Introduced in Senate and House
Hospitals encouraged to contact representatives in support

CHA-supported legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reform the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program so that hospitals serving low-income populations are evaluated and reimbursed fairly. The Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act (S. 688/H.R. 1343), introduced by a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to account for patient socioeconomic status when calculating the risk-adjusted readmissions penalties. In addition, the bill would require CMS to use the findings of reports required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act to establish a risk adjustment measure that ensures hospitals serving a greater number of low-income individuals will not be unfairly penalized. CHA encourages members to contact their representatives in support of the bill. A one-page summary of the bill is attached.