U.S. Sens Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asking for extension of the federal low-volume hospital payment program.
This program, which is critically important to many of Tennessee’s already-struggling rural hospitals, expired on Sept. 30 and currently awaits consideration for retroactive renewal when Congress returns to Washington in January. A proposal currently under discussion in the Senate would result in a loss of more than $5.4 million in Medicare reimbursement over the next five years for rural hospitals in Tennessee.
The action by Sens. Alexander and Corker is a move of much-needed support for Tennessee’s rural hospitals. Tennessee Hospital Association President and CEO Craig Becker applauded their efforts in a statement today:
“The past few weeks and months in Washington have seen much activity related to the future of healthcare in our country and state. Throughout ongoing debates and consideration, Sens. Alexander and Corker have worked with THA to better understand these issues and their impact on Tennessee’s hospitals and communities. Their letter to Sen. Hatch regarding the importance of the low-volume program comes at a critical time for hospitals and THA is grateful for the continued support and work of our senators.
Rural hospitals across the state are facing challenging and uncertain futures. The leadership of Tennessee’s delegation in Washington is critical to stabilizing the financial outlook for these facilities.”
About THA: The Tennessee Hospital Association was founded in 1938 and serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations across the state. The initiatives of THA support the efforts of Tennessee’s hospitals to ensure high quality care for the patients and communities they serve.
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