November 20, 2014 | Chip Kahn
The Federation applauds the Ways and Means Committee for its efforts to reform a number of complex hospital Medicare payment policies, and for the Committee’s continuing commitment to engage stakeholders in the policymaking process. The Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 discussion draft is a serious and thoughtful effort and deserves a carefully considered, in-depth policy assessment, which we will do with our hospital membership.
In advance, however, we must comment on the provision which affects the current self-referral law. We are seriously concerned with efforts to roll back the self-referral law, which run the risk of bringing back arrangements which will increase utilization and health care spending and threaten patient safety.
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