Congressman James Renacci (R-OH) is again asking his House colleagues to support his proposal to adjust Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program.

US Capitol DomeNoting 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…”

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) supports this bill and advocates its adoption.

See Representative Renacci’s letter to House colleagues here.