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CHA President/CEO Visits Washington as Congress Returns From Recess

The U.S. House of Representatives returned this week from a month-long recess to restart negotiations on a long-term fix to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for physician Medicare payments. The current two-month SGR fix expires at the end of February. If Congress does not agree to a new fix, a 27 percent pay cut in Medicare payments to physicians will take place.

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner was in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with members of the California congressional delegation, including Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Thompson, John Garamendi, Devin Nunes and Xavier Becerra. Becerra has been appointed to the bicameral, bipartisan conference committee tasked with negotiating the SGR fix. Dauner shared CHA’s message that, while physicians deserve fair Medicare payments, hospitals cannot withstand additional cuts to finance those payments.

The Senate returns from recess Jan. 23. The first meeting of the conference committee has been scheduled for Jan. 24.

CHA will continue to oppose any effort to pay for the SGR fix with cuts to hospital payments. For more information, see CHA Advocacy Alert at www.calhospital.org/oppose-medicare-medicaid-cuts.

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