“Finally Friday!” Congressional Hearings: Senators Confront CMS

FRIDAY June 5, 2015:

Congressional Hearings:

The U.S. Senate responds to the Public & Providers

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Would that our modern day situation were this simple. "Alexander cutting the Gordian Knot." by H.A.Guerber - The story of Greeks.

Would that our modern day situation were this simple. “Alexander cutting the Gordian Knot.” by H.A.Guerber – The story of Greeks.

Two Senate hearings recently focused on the Gordian Knot that providers and patients have to deal with when attempting to unravel Medicare policies for coverage of and payments for medical care, even when it is unarguably “reasonable and necessary.” We have covered the hearings before the Senate Committee on Aging and the Senate Finance Committee, happily reporting the progress that Senators appear to be making in understanding that while auditing is necessary and helpful, they are not being fooled by the reports being offered by CMS and its contractors to defend their byzantine system of policies now harming both providers and beneficiaries, while masquerading as protecting the Social Security Trust Fund.

Joining us on the show this week is Dr. Jyotirmaya “Jeetu” Nanda, MD MBA who testified on behalf of the American Hospital Association (AHA) – and indeed, hospitals in general – before the Senate Committee on Aging at a hearing on Wednesday, May 20. We’ll ask him to give us his impressions of the Senators and their staffers, plus any insights he might offer about the witnesses from CMS and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), who also testified that day.

Also, we’ll discuss the meeting on Wednesday, June 3, of the Senate Finance Committee, where Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden held an “Open Executive Session to Consider an Original Bill entitled Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015” with the Senate Finance Committee.

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