Editorial Urges Senate To Act on Medicare Payment Rates
Previous attempts to correct regional disparities in Medicare reimbursement rates "have failed due to funding debates and a politically insurmountable requirement that if reimbursements are increased here, they must be decreased somewhere else," a Santa Rosa Press Democrat editorial states. It continues that a bill (HR 4213) passed recently by the House "offers the best hope yet" for a long-term solution to the Medicare payment issue. The editorial concludes that local health care providers and other stakeholders "hope the Senate acts quickly -- and prevents the situation from going from intolerably bad to something much worse."
- "A Needed Fix" (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 6/2).