Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Medicare Hospice Protection Act

US Representative Maurice Hinchey has introduced a new bill to Congress to block a new bill from the Bush administration. According to The Ithaca Journal, a bill going into affect October 1 will begin reducing Medicare reimbursement rates by $2.2 billion over the next five years. This could result in hospice patients loosing their hospice care across the country, as it could cost certain hospices $50,000 next year across the country, and as much as $150,000 over the next three years. Hinchey is encouraging Congress to swift action due to the tight time frame they’re working with.

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