Hospital Executives Push Congress to Restore Medicaid Funding
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Quality and Educational Programming




VNAA Southeast Regional Meeting Provides Timely Insight

VNAA has put together a terrific agenda of educational sessions for its Southeast Regional Meeting on Dec. 5-6 in High Point, N.C. Educational sessions will include how to approach a financial performance evaluation and target ways to improve, as well as a tutorial covering ICD-10 coding changes that will affect home health and hospice providers.

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Get the Only Clinical Manual Your Agency Needs.

Designed specifically to help multidisciplinary home health and hospice professional teams improve their ability to deliver high-quality and consistent care in one adaptable and comprehensive evidence-based manual, the 18th edition of VNAA's Clinical Procedure Manual is one you won't want to miss.

Order before Dec. 31, 2013 and receive an additional 15% off.

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Follow the Pathway to Best Practices

VNAA introduces a new quality improvement and workforce training resource, the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence. It is a designed to provide information and tools for home health organizations, payers, policymakers, researchers and others with a stake in improving care transitions.

Available at no cost, the VNAA Blueprint includes research- and practice-based tools and training, as well as measurement and evaluation resources to guide home health care practices.

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On Dec. 3, more than 250 hospital executives, who primarily serve large numbers of the poor and uninsured, urged lawmakers to restore $500 million in Medicaid funding cuts that took effect in October.

In letters to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Finance and House Energy and Commerce Committees, these executives stated that the cuts will force hospitals to curtail services, resulting in reduced care and lost jobs. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduces federal support for hospitals under the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program and increases funding for an expanded Medicaid program in all states.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the Medicaid expansion is discretionary for states, which has resulted in cuts to DSH-funded hospitals in states opting against Medicaid expansion.

Read the letters here.  
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