Hospital Groups, HHS Meet to Discuss Medicaid Expansion Issues

Leaders from the American Hospital Association and other national hospital groups met with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday to discuss Medicaid expansion concerns given the Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to an AHA News Now report.

Topics discussed included keeping communication lines open regarding the many unanswered questions concerning federal and state negotiations, advocating at the state level and the connection between coverage and payment reductions, according to the report.

AHA Board Chair Teri Fotenot, the president and CEO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., and AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said they will stay in close contact with HHS and state hospital associations as individual states decide whether or not to opt out of Medicaid expansions called for in the PPACA.

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