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New York House Delegation Sends Letter to Administration Opposing Proposed Coding Offset

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HANYS is grateful for the leadership of Representatives Peter King (R-Seaford) and Joseph Crowley (D-Queens) in sending a bipartisan letter from the entire New York House Delegation to the White House in opposition to proposed Medicare payment reductions to hospitals and health systems. HANYS also extends thanks to hospitals and health systems that contacted members of Congress to encourage them to sign the letter.

The proposed cuts, outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2013 proposed Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule released in April, would reduce hospital payments by nearly $1 billion nationwide in FFY 2013—$70 million from New York State—to recoup what CMS views as overpayments due solely to changes in coding, rather than changes in patients’ severity of illness.

HANYS recently submitted comments opposing CMS’ proposed FFY 2013 coding reduction.  The final rule is expected to be released in early August.  Contact:  Susan Van Meter

 

Published July 18, 2012