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“ Health Care Reform – The Hospital Perspective in Western Pennsylvania”. Penn-Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance February 17, 2010. J. Harper President Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania. Cost and Coverage.

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health care reform the hospital perspective in western pennsylvania
“Health Care Reform – The Hospital Perspective in Western Pennsylvania”

Penn-Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance

February 17, 2010

j harper president hospital council of western pennsylvania
J. Harper

President

Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania

cost and coverage
Cost and Coverage

HB: Costs $1.1 trillion over 10 years and would provide coverage to 36 million more people.

SB: Costs $848 billion over 10 years and would provide coverage to 31 million more people.

requirements for individuals
Requirements for Individuals

HB: All Americans, except for dependents, people living overseas and those with religious objections, will be required to have health insurance by 2013 or will face a 2.5% income tax surcharge.

SB: All Americans, with the same exemptions, would be required to have coverage by 2014 or will be fined $95 in 2014, $350 in 2015 and $750 in 2016.

subsidies to pay for insurance
Subsidies to Payfor Insurance

HB: Individuals making less that $43,320 a year and a family of three earning less than $73,240 would be eligible for subsidies that would help cover the cost of premiums. The subsidy would cover up to 99% of the premium expense for the lowest income brackets and 88% for higher incomes.

subsidies to pay for insurance cont
Subsidies to Payfor Insurance (Cont.)

SB: A similar sliding-scale subsidy would be available to individuals earning less than $43,320 and a family of three earning less than $72,240 a year.

age rating
Age Rating

HB: Allows private insurers to price premiums up to twice as high for older people.

SB: Allows private insurers to price premiums up to three times as high for older people.

children
Children

HB: Ends state Children’s Health Insurance Program after 2013 and allows children to receive subsidies for private insurance.

SB: Continues the Children’s Health Insurance Program and increases federal funding for the program beginning in 2014.

requirements for businesses
Requirements for Businesses

HB: Companies with payrolls of more than $500,000 would be required to offer employees insurance or face a fine up to 8% of payroll.

SB: Companies with more than 50 workers would pay a fine of $750 for each full-time employee if any worker qualifies for a federal subsidy to defray insurance costs.

public option
Public Option

HB: Includes a government-run health insurance program for individuals who work for small businesses or who do not get coverage through work. Like private insurers, the public plan would negotiate how much to pay medical providers.

public option cont
Public Option (Cont.)

SB: Includes a similar public option, but also allows individual states to opt out by passing a law that is approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor.

taxes and spending cuts
Taxes and Spending Cuts

HB: Imposes a 5.4% surtax on couples earning more than $1 million a year and individuals making more than $500,000. Cuts Medicare and other federal programs by more than $400 billion over 10 years.

taxes and spending cuts cont
Taxes and Spending Cuts (Cont.)

SB: Creates a 40% tax on health insurance plans that cost more than $8,500 for an individual and $23,000 for a family. Increases Medicare payroll tax from 1.45% to 1.95% for workers with incomes of more than $250,000 a year. Cuts Medicare and other federal programs by more than $430 billion a year over 10 years.

medicare wage index
Medicare Wage Index
  • Pittsburgh MSA alone has lost more than $300 million from the wage index
  • Western Pennsylvania has a lower wage index than 30 rural areas and several other areas across the country and in the state
  • Continues to spiral downwards
  • Affects hospitals’ ability to retain and recruit

staff - especially clinical staff

what are we doing about this issue
What are we doingabout this issue?
  • Working with hospitals in Altoona, Johnstown, Pittsburgh MSAs
  • Data scrubbing for three years
  • Working with expert consultants representing us in Washington on this issue
  • Grassroots advocacy campaign with Senators and western PA delegation
  • Active media/communications outreach effort
  • Reaching out to the business community
possible legislative solutions
Possible Legislative Solutions
  • Reclassification of western PA MSAs (interim)
  • 10 percent solution (interim)
  • MedPAC Solution (permanent)
  • Working with congressional representatives to champion interim fix
  • MedPAC language - in Senate Finance Committee bill
medical assistance
Medical Assistance
  • Issue focuses on FFS base rate payment to hospitals
  • Disparity in MA payments across the state
  • HCWP developed a set of principles and submitted these to the HAP Board
  • Economic Impact Study
  • “Like Patient, Like Procedure, Like Payment”
medical assistance principles
Medical Assistance Principles
  • The plan should not reduce MA payment levels from any other hospital.
  • The plan should require any new increase in MA payment to be used to address the disparity issue first, before providing any increase in base rate payment to any hospital above the median. (The disparity being that between those hospitals below the median and those above.)
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The plan is structured on the principle that hospitals with similar characteristics should be paid the same base rate for “like” services once case weights are applied to standardized base rates.

  • The plan includes the concept that the first goal is to bring the lower paid hospitals to some “median” point within categories, initially with a transition to fully standardized base rates in a reasonable time frame.
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The plan should not allow for implementation of APR-DRGs until the disparity in base rates is corrected.

  • The plan should not allow for implementation of APR-DRGs until other severity-based payment systems can be fully reviewed and discussed.
  • Consideration should be given to also correcting the irrationality of pass-through payments to objective criteria for inpatient and outpatient disproportionate share and medical education.
current work on the issue
Current Work on the Issue
  • How do we pay for system redesign?
  • How do we make the system equitable?
  • HAP’s Public Payor Committee
  • MA Payment System Redesign/Modernization
  • HCWP strategies: legislative and legal
what can you do
What can you do?
  • Legislators
  • Business Leaders
  • Meetings/Letters

Patricia Raffaele A. J. Harper

VP, Advocacy President

724-772-7202 724-772-7206

[email protected] [email protected]

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