The AHA and seven other national hospital organizations today urged congressional leaders to waive the Statutory PAYGO sequester before yearend to prevent nearly $10 billion in estimated cuts next year to hospital providers in fee-for-service Medicare.

“And this would be on top of the 2% Medicare sequester cuts, which had been waived for part of the pandemic, but are back in full effect as of July 1, 2022,” the groups wrote. “We appreciate that Congress has never allowed Statutory PAYGO cuts to go into effect, and we urge Congress to again act before the end of this year to prevent the reductions from occurring. Additional Medicare reductions to providers are not sustainable and put at risk our members’ ability to care for their patients.”

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