Today, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to pass the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act (HIP-C). Introduced by Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA), the bipartisan legislation advances several bipartisan member priorities that will help medical providers better treat patients in their communities.
As Chairman Brady said at today’s markup:
“The Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act will promote greater access, increase choices, and improve the quality of health care …
“I thank Chairman Tiberi and Ranking Member McDermott for crafting a bill that will empower health care plans and providers to deliver the high quality, affordable care patients deserve.”
HIP-C incorporates ideas from Speaker Ryan and Reps. Jim Renacci (R-OH), Charles Boustany (R-LA), Diane Black (R-TN), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Pat Meehan (R-PA). Specifically, the legislation will:
- Maintain fiscally responsible payment policies enacted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015;
- Provide relief for hospitals that were in the process of building off-campus outpatient centers when the new policies were enacted;
- Prevent hospitals serving low-income communities from being unfairly penalized in the Readmission Reduction Program;
- Increase access to care in rural communities;
- Protect access to quality health care choices for seniors; and
- Support physicians who treat patients in ambulatory surgical centers.
Noting that this is the first markup of Medicare legislation since he became Health Subcommittee chairman, Rep. Tiberi added:
“H.R. 5273—The Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act or ‘HIP-C’ provides some necessary regulatory relief to providers and makes it easier for beneficiaries to enroll in Medicare.
“As Members of Congress we talk a lot about removing paperwork burdens and allowing providers to concentrate on what matters most– delivering patient care. Today’s bill puts our money where our mouths are …
“I look forward to continuing to work in this Committee and in my subcommittee on additional bills to improve Medicare and advance Member priorities that will strengthen the program.”