As the end of 2023 rapidly approaches, Premier called on lawmakers to act quickly to address pressing legislative healthcare priorities, including policies requiring action by Dec. 31, as well as policies that have been temporarily extended under the current continuing resolution. In a letter to Congressional leaders, Premier urged lawmakers to advance bipartisan policies with broad stakeholder support to strengthen our nation’s healthcare infrastructure, improve patient access to care and lower the cost of care. This includes:
- Preventing impending cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments that would exacerbate the intense financial pressures facing hospitals and threaten access for our most vulnerable populations;
- Providing continuing funding for Community Health Centers as well as other expiring public health and workforce training programs;
- Continuing to support movement to alternative payment models that incentivize high-value care for beneficiaries;
- Continuing policies to prevent providers from being disenrolled in the 340B drug discount program;
- Mitigating Medicare payment reductions to physicians and other key specialists; and
- Reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).