House Ways and Means Committee leaders today unveiled the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act” (H.R. 5273), bipartisan legislation containing numerous provisions affecting hospitals.
AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels stated in an AHA special bulletin today, “They clearly grasped the unintended consequences of last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act that severely impacted hospital outpatient facilities under development and jeopardized access to patient care. We agree with their policy that the readmissions program needs to be adjusted to account for socioeconomic status. We will continue to review the legislation and work with the committee to help improve patient care.”