January 4, 2013

More Cliffs Coming

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

The congressional table is set for three more fiscal precipices in the coming months, as the temporary delay of the sequester cuts expires, the debt limit is reached and the continuing resolution funding federal programs expires. And on that table will be many of the same proposals that would further reduce Medicare and Medicaid funding for hospital services - funding that already pays less than the cost of providing services. Our New Year's resolution: to make it perfectly clear to our federal legislators that any further cuts will have serious consequences for patients - longer waits for care, less access to the latest treatments and fewer caregivers to provide services. In 2013, we will need all hospital leaders on deck to personally make this case for their patients and communities. We'll be in touch with you in the coming days to let you know exactly how you can help. In the meantime, please renew your New Year's resolution to keep improving outcomes, safety, costs and health - it's the only answer to more cuts.


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