Alexander Statement on CMS Proposed Rule to Update Medicare Payment Policies

Posted on April 24, 2019

NASHVILLE, April 24, 2019—Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Administration’s proposed rule that increases the wage index of low wage index hospitals:

“This is an important step to help protect Tennessee hospitals from shrinking Medicare reimbursements that make it harder to recruit skilled doctors and nurses, make payroll, pay bills and care for patients. Senators Isakson, Shelby, Jones, Perdue, Blackburn, and I asked Administrator Verma to address this problem, and I am glad that CMS has now proposed a solution. I look forward to learning more about how the new rule will benefit Tennessee’s rural hospitals.”