Hospitals in Massachusetts object to the penalty, said Tim Gens, executive vice president of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. The readmission policy holds hospitals financially accountable for patients’ outcomes when other providers and patients themselves also shoulder some responsibility for patient health, he said. He also criticized the policy’s methodology as flawed and cautioned that penalties could jeopardize efforts at financially strained hospitals to invest in efforts that will boost quality and reduce readmissions.
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Medicaid currently plays a significant role in providing care to many low-income individuals including children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities, financing long-term care services and supporting safety net providers. The House Budget Plan represents a fundamental change in the structure and financing of the Medicaid program from a program with an entitlement to coverage for individuals and a guarantee to states for federal matching dollars without a pre-set limit to a block grant. In addition, under current law, the program is set to be the foundation of coverage for low-income individuals under the ACA which would be repealed under the plan. The proposed changes and reductions in federal financing for Medicaid under the House Budget Plan would almost certainly worsen the problem of the uninsured and strain the nation’s safety net. Medicaid’s ability to continue these many roles in the health care system would be significantly compromised under this proposal, with no obvious alternative to take its place.
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Joining Dr. Rasmus will be Sandy Eaton and Donna Smith. Sandy is a retired RN with the Quincy Medical Center in Massachusetts, a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, affiliated with the union, National Nurses United, NNU, AFLCIO. Sandy is also a former chair of the Legislative Council of the NNU, a member of the national Steering Committee for the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, and editor of the ‘Seachange Bulletin” addressing healthcare and labor issues. Donna Smith is a community organizer and legislative advocate for the National Nurses United and author of many essays on the healthcare crisis in America. Donna has appeared on the Bill Moyers show, in Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film, SICKO, and on many national broadcasts and radio shows.”
Massachusetts Selected to Test Medicare/Medicaid Integration
Massachusetts, the first to be selected, is entering into a memorandum of understanding with CMS to test a capitated “financial alignment model” under which Medicare and Medicaid services will be offered through Integrated Care Organizations (ICOs) to approximately 110,000 Medicare/Medicaid full dual eligible Massachusetts residents aged 21-64.
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From InsideNoVa, Oct. 24: In a visit to Willow Oaks, an assisted living residence outside Manassas, Kaine said that he opposes turning Medicare into a voucher system where people would receive their benefits in the form of vouchers they could use to pay for their own health care. He said people would have to pay “out-of-pocket” if their health care expenses exceeded their voucher payments. “That would help save money in the federal budget, but it wouldn’t save money overall. Many times it would shift the cost onto the shoulder of seniors, who are vulnerable, who are sick and can’t afford to pay,” Kaine said. “That’s not a cost savings plan. That’s a cost shifting plan.” Kaine said he believes Medicare could negotiate prescription drug prices and could save $25 billion a year. . . . In response to Kaine’s comments, Allen campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis disputed most of Kaine’s comments to the seniors. . . . “While Tim Kaine called the health care tax law that cuts over $700 billion from Medicare a ‘great achievement,’ George Allen believes Medicare should be strengthened by first eliminating $50 billion in annual Medicare waste and finding solutions for gradual age ability adjustments and high income limits,” she said.