Advocacy Issue: Physician Workforce

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) May 11 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS proposed rule for fiscal year (FY) 2021. In addition to proposing a 3.1% increase in inpatient PPS payments for 2021, the rule would require disclosure of certain payer-negotiated rates and makes changes to Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapy payment and quality incentive programs.

AHA Position

Congress should take a number of actions to help hospitals and health systems support today’s workforce and ensure a future pipeline of professionals to meet the nation’s increasing demands for care, including:

  • Protecting health care workers from violence
  • Increasing the number of GME positions
  • Attracting caregivers to underserved areas
  • Mitigating health care provider shortages
  • Addressing administrative burdens
  • Supporting loan repayment programs

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