Hospitals go to court...this means a huge loss of revenue, especially for community hospitals who rely on grants and other sources of revenue to serve their communities... this CEO speaks out on how it will paralyze the efforts of the hospital...it still takes money to run one...and with the cuts on Medicaid there appears there will be a lot less to go around... May 25, 2008 is D-Day...BD
"We know that there is strong support on Capitol Hill to take action, but so far, Congress has not extended the moratorium and time is running out," said Wright Lassiter, III, CEO of Alameda County Medical Center in California, which is one of the plaintiffs in the suit. "For me, it's very real. I have just a few months until this rule paralyzes my hospital. Alameda treats thousands of our community's most vulnerable patients every year, and if this rule becomes a reality , we'll take very serious actions in terms of our staffing levels and the services we provide, and I'm afraid our patients will pay the price."
A coalition led by the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and supported by the National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.), today asked a federal court to prevent the Bush Administration from implementing a proposed Medicaid regulation that would cut $5 billion in funding to safety net hospitals. Hospitals File Lawsuit Against Federal Government To Stop Medicaid Cuts