Position Letter

CHA Urges Members to Continue Contacting Representatives to Oppose Hospital Cuts

CHA supported a letter sent to Congress this week on behalf of America’s hospitals and health systems. The letter, signed by a number of groups, including the American Hospital Association (AHA), expressed concern that cuts to Medicare and Medicaid payments for hospital services are again on the table as Congress works to prevent a scheduled 27.4 percent cut in physician payments.

CHA fully supports eliminating planned reductions to Medicare physician payments; however, it should not be achieved through additional cuts to California hospitals. As expressed in the letter to Congress, CHA supports looking to savings in the Overseas Contingency Operations funds to pay for a fix to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate. 

The letter also opposes cuts to outpatient evaluation and management services, bad-debt payments and Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in future years.

Hospital Advocacy Day

CHA issued an Advocacy Alert last week to urge hospital leaders to continue to contact their congressional representatives with the message that hospitals cannot withstand further cuts.  AHA and CHA will host a Hospital Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15, and encourages members to attend this advocacy event to deliver their message in person. 

The CHA Advocacy Alert and more information about the Hospital Advocacy Day are available at www.calhospital.org/advocacy-alert-oppose-hospital-cuts. The letter to Congress is attached below.