Medicare

IHA is focused on protecting the Medicare program from drastic funding cuts and harmful reforms. Additional cuts would force Illinois hospitals to cut services, reducing patients’ access to care.

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The Impact of Medicare in Illinois

2.1m Medicare beneficiaries
40.2% of inpatient admissions
29.7% of outpatient visits
  • Comment Letters
  • MedPac
Sep 11, 2017

Physicians Fee Schedule Payment Changes

IHA's comment letter identifies concerns over a proposed rule revising payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and other proposed changes to Medicare Part B.

Sep 11, 2017

Outpatient PPS Payment Changes

IHA opposes reduced Medicare Part B payments for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program and raises other concerns over proposals impacting outpatient and ambulatory surgical services.

Aug 21, 2017

Quality Payment Program

IHA outlines support, concerns and recommendations for improvement in a comment letter regarding a proposed rule continuing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Jun 12, 2017

Inpatient Services Proposed Rule

IHA's comment letter identifies concerns with proposed new policies and payment rates for acute and long-term care acute hospital inpatient services.

Apr 13, 2017

WPS Polysomnography

An IHA password is required to view the official response to IHA's comment letter regarding Local Coverage Determination L36839 for polysomnography and other sleep studies.

Apr 13, 2017

Sleep Studies

IHA's comment letter addresses Local Coverage Determination L36839 for polysomnography and other sleep studies. An IHA password is required to view this letter.

Mar 31, 2016

Home Health Authorization

IHA's comment letter asks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend efforts to implement a prior-authorization process for home health services, which would delay needed care.

Apr 05, 2018

April Comment Letter

In support of efforts to improve care quality and efficiency, IHA advises MedPAC to thoroughly review and analyze its data before recommending reduced payments for low-value care services.

Jan 10, 2018

January Meeting Comment Letter

IHA stresses that any future financial improvements to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must not be financed using Medicare payment reductions to hospitals or other post-acute service providers.

Dec 07, 2017

December Meeting Comment Letter

IHA strongly reccomends that MedPAC adjust its final reccommended sequestration payment reduction by 2 percent in a comment letter addressing several Medicare payment policies.

Oct 05, 2017

October Meeting Comment Letter

IHA encourages the growth of telehealth services for rural healthcare providers and encourages MedPAC to support additional services for coverage as warranted.