Sens. Say Rural Docs Are Being Cut Out Of ACA Reforms

Law360, New York (March 20, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT) -- Senators on Wednesday scrutinized health reform's multibillion-dollar Medicare and Medicaid investments to improve treatment outcomes and cut costs, complaining that rural providers lack resources to meet federal standards for coordinated care and worrying that reduced reimbursements will disproportionately impact Americans outside metropolitan areas.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing that health care systems in outlying areas are too bare-boned to meet federal criteria for networks of providers that collaborate in hopes of streamlining patient care.

“I have heard back from many...
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