Congressman Calls for Helping Safety-Net Hospitals by Improving Medicare Readmissions Program

Congressman James Renacci (R-OH) is again asking his House colleagues to support his proposal to adjust Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program – a program he maintains is especially harmful to safety-net hospitals.

Noting that in its current form the program penalizes hospitals that care for larger numbers of poorer, sicker patients and that this “jeopardizes the viability of hospitals that service this vulnerable population,” the congressman urges his colleagues to support his bill, H.R. 4188, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmissions Program Act.

This bill calls for adjusting the program’s approach “to account for certain disparities in patient population…”

See Representative Renacci’s letter to House colleagues here.

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