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AHA urges members to warn lawmakers about impact of Medicare cuts
Modern Healthcare

As the deficit-reduction supercommittee plans to meet this week, the American Hospital Association is urging its members to educate Washington lawmakers about how Medicare and Medicaid cuts to providers would hurt hospitals and their communities. In an 18-page “legislative advocacy alert (PDF),” the AHA took a position on five separate issues that are at risk if cuts to providers take effect. These include cuts to graduate medical education; Medicaid provider assessments (which, the AHA noted, allow state governments to expand coverage); Medicare bad-debt reimbursement; rural or small hospitals; and the post-acute-care segment.