FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — America’s Essential Hospitals is pleased to see policies to improve health care equity and to withdraw burdensome data collection requirements as part of the proposed fiscal year 2022 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has made the right decision to end the collection of Medicare Advantage median charge data on cost reports. We believe this policy exceeded the agency’s statutory authority.
We also appreciate the agency’s request for information about, and interest in, improving health care equity and reducing disparities through proposals on graduate medical education and value-based payment programs. Essential hospitals, which care for many of the nation’s underserved people and communities, welcome this focus on systemic barriers to care.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.