Enactment of the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act (H.R. 2584/S. 2768) is a top priority for the AHA and the hospital field. This bipartisan bill would provide federal protections from workplace violence for health care workers, similar to the protections in current law for airport and aircraft employees.
As part of our efforts to build support for this legislation, the AHA last week hosted a Capitol Hill briefing for nearly 100 House and Senate staff. The lead House sponsors joined hospital and health system leaders to highlight how the legislation would help protect health care workers from violence, alleviate workforce challenges and sustain quality patient care.
Congress recently passed a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown, which extended the deadlines to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2024. Congress now must fund four appropriations bills by March 1 and eight appropriations bills by March 8 — or pass another stop-gap bill to give them more time to complete this work. In addition, a number of key health care provisions have been extended through March 1, including relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts that must be extended again.
Please contact your senators and representatives today and urge them to delay the Medicaid DSH cuts that are scheduled to go into effect March 1. Importantly, please ask them not to include within a legislative package to fund the government provisions that would harm hospitals, health systems and the patients they care for, including any so-called site-neutral payment cuts.
In addition, please urge them not to include other harmful provisions as part of a funding package, including unnecessary changes to the Hospital Price Transparency rule and mandating unique health identifiers for each off-campus hospital outpatient department.
As we welcome a new year, this is a good time to examine the health care landscape ahead as we work to ensure Congress fully appreciates how hospitals and health systems need its support to continue delivering high-quality patient care to their constituents and communities.
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