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Pa. Representatives Join Call for Improved Payments

July 27, 2022

Eight members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation joined a bipartisan group of representatives this week in urging CMS to ensure payments to hospitals better reflect the cost of patient care.

In a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, 112 representatives voiced concerns that payment updates included in the agency’s proposed inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule for fiscal year (FY) 2023 fail to account for surging labor costs and supply chain challenges weighing on hospitals’ finances.

“We are concerned that the payment update hospitals received in FY 2022 and the proposed FY 2023 market basket update does not sufficiently account for these critical financial pressures,” the letter says. “This could result in a regrettably inadequate payment update that would not provide IPPS hospitals with resources needed to provide care to the patients and communities they serve.”

Signing the letter from Pennsylvania were: U.S. Representatives Madeleine Dean (D-4), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1), Chrissy Houlahan (D-6), John Joyce, M.D. (R-13), Fred Keller (R-12), Mike Kelly (R-16), Guy Reschenthaler (R-14), and Susan Wild (D-7).

The representatives asked CMS to use its special exceptions and adjustment authority to retroactively adjust rates for FY 2022 to better align with the cost of care.

For more information, contact John Myers, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy.