Press Release

Statement on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act


Rich Umbdenstock

President and CEO

American Hospital Association

April 15, 2015


Fixing the way physicians are reimbursed for the care they provide patients means that America’s seniors can continue to have access to the necessary care they need. We have long supported permanently replacing the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) for physician payment.

We commend Congress for passing legislation that strikes a careful balance in the way it funds the SGR repeal and embraces a number of structural reforms to the Medicare program. It fixes the physician payment problem and includes policy changes that move their payments to reflect the transformation happening in health care that hospitals have already embraced.

We will continue to push issues not included in the final bill – like broad-based RAC reform and a sociodemographic adjustment to the readmissions penalty program, along with corrections to regulatory issues like the critical access hospital 96-hour rule and physician supervision for outpatient therapy.

Meeting the promise of care for our nation’s seniors is critical and the passage of today’s legislation will ensure that seniors are able to continue to access health care when and where they need it. 




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