CONTACT YOUR SENATORS ASAP AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT THE MEDICARE ACCESS AND CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 2)
We need your help!
Most of you are aware of the current and difficult financial situation Taos Health Systems is currently facing. A part of the legislation described below includes Low Volume Payment Adjustment (LVPA) additions to the Medicare payments we receive. Effective last Wednesday, 4/1/15, the legislation that had funded those payments expired, resulting in a 16.5% reduction in our Medicare Inpatient reimbursement rates.
If you can find the time to make a call to our Senators, please do so. A suggested statement to use in your phone call is at the end of this announcment. An additional comment about the Low Volume Payment Adjustment would also be helpful.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS ASAP
AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT THE MEDICARE ACCESS AND CHIP REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015
On March 26th, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, by a vote of 392 - 37, passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). This is a historic development. But your advocacy efforts must continue....
If enacted, this legislation would end nearly 20 years of needless uncertainty for physicians, hospitals, caregivers and, above all, the patients for whom we all provide essential care.
As you know, for two decades, Congress has wrestled with how to resolve Medicare payments to physicians, commonly referred to as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). This flawed formula has led to a series of temporary patches that Congress has had to confront nearly every year, resulting in billions of dollars in cuts to hospitals.
These cuts have contributed to the nearly $122 billion in 10-year cumulative cuts imposed on hospitals since 2010, as well as record low hospital Medicare margins, projected to reach negative 9 percent in 2015.
Our message to the Congress has been heard loud and clear: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
With your strong and continued advocacy, the House Leadership has put forth and now passed legislation to permanently resolve the SGR in a way that the hospitals strongly support.
Now this legislation goes to the Senate, when they return from recess early next week, where obstacles to passage remain.
While hospitals do face reimbursement cuts in this package, in the context of a permanent deal and with a balanced set of contributions from other industries and stakeholders, including beneficiaries, hospitals must support this opportunity to get rid of the SGR forever, and the continual threat of hospital cuts that come with it.
If this bill fails to pass, we will have missed a critical opportunity to avoid billions in cuts in both the short and long term. Therefore, the FAH urging all of your hospitals to contact their Senators ASAP and urge them to pass the House bill (H.R. 2).
Call Your Senators:
Call your Senators NOW and urge them to stand with their local hospitals:
• I am _____ calling on behalf of _____ hospital and our ____ employees.
• We strongly support the House-passed Medicare physician payment bill (H.R.2) and urge Senator _____ to vote for it this week.
• Failure to pass this bill will lead to more hospital cuts year after year. We cannot take it anymore. Our patients cannot take it anymore.
• We urge you to support this bill.
DON'T WAIT. Call your Senators to ask them to stand with their local hospitals.