Behind The Fiscal Cliff Deal, A Prolonged Hospital Finance Fight

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: "After Congress' fiscal cliff deal this week dug into hospitals' pockets to avert a drop in Medicare payments to physicians, industry associations screamed. The president of the American Hospital Association said the reductions — nearly $15 billion over a decade — 'will make it harder for patients to access the care they need.' The president of the Federation of American Hospitals also said patients would suffer because lawmakers had decided to 'rob hospital Peter to pay for fiscal cliff Paul'" (Rau, 1/3). Read the story.

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