August 9, 2013

Have You Called Yet?

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Your federal legislators are home for the August recess. Invite them to your hospital. Let them see your quality improvements, work to reduce readmissions, investments in health information technology, new community collaborations to improve population health and partnerships with providers to better coordinate care. Tell them how further reductions to Medicare and Medicaid payments would affect your ability to provide care to your patients and community. Don’t stop there – let your staff explain the burden that recovery audit contractors are placing on your hospital’s resources. Here is an overview of the legislative issues most urgent to hospitals right now. We must secure as many co-sponsors as possible for these bills. Use the recess as an opportunity to tell your legislators how these bills would positively impact your hospital, your patients and your community. Visit for updated lists of co-sponsors. If your legislators are not among them, please pick up the phone now.


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