Byrne Announces Trump Administration Final Rule Benefiting Alabama Hospitals
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration published its final Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPSS) rule containing reforms to the Medicare Area Wage Index. The new rule will be effective October 1, 2019.
Congressman Byrne: “Administrator Verma called me this afternoon with the good news that the Trump Administration is finalizing today the Medicare Area Wage Index reforms I have long sought for Alabama hospitals. This is welcome news for rural hospitals who for decades have seen their reimbursements for serving Medicare patients decline because hospitals in areas like New York and Los Angeles have gamed the system. Shortly after President Trump came into office, Administrator Verma promised me that she would look into this issue. I am thankful to President Trump and his Administration for listening to my concerns regarding this unjustified disparity in payments that has contributed to budgetary shortfalls and hospital closures in Alabama. This is an important day for our state, and I’ve been proud to lead this fight.”