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This Week In Washington
The Senate Sept. 22 appeared to inch closer to consideration of a stopgap spending bill as Republican leaders released text of a spending package (H.R. 5325) to continue funding for most federal agencies through Dec. 9, fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the end of FY 2017, and provide emergency supplemental funding for Zika and disaster relief efforts. But Democrats quickly objected to the bill as “Republican-only,” citing the need for continued negotiations to resolve outstanding issues before they can support the bill.
Reps. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) introduced the Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act of 2016 (H.R. 6088), bipartisan legislation that would delay release of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare Star Ratings to give CMS and stakeholders time to work together to address concerns with the methodology. Currently, Star Ratings do not take into account important differences in the patient populations and the complexity of conditions that teaching hospitals treat [see Washington Highlights, April 22].
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) September 16 published a final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, which requires providers to coordinate with federal, state, and local emergency preparedness systems to increase patient safety during emergencies.
Preserving GME Funding
Whether it’s an emergency or a serious illness requiring complex care, when life is on the line you can count on America’s teaching hospitals. But can they count on the funding they need from Congress?