Assuring patients’ care

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With the government shutdown and debt ceiling matters temporarily resolved, Congress now turns to other issues, including ensuring that physicians’ Medicare payments are not cut by nearly 25 percent. Congress repeatedly overrides these cuts, usually by cutting other healthcare providers to offset the cost.

Under the guise of reform, some in Washington want to revisit a policy called the “60 percent rule,” which requires hospitals like HealthSouth Fort Worth & HealthSouth City View to treat at least 60 percent of all our patients who have diagnoses from a list of 13 medical categories, such as strokes, neurological impairments and hip fractures.

Shifting seniors away from rehabilitation hospitals because their diagnoses are not on an outdated list of medical conditions is not reform. U.S. Rep. Kay Granger recognizes this and recently signed a letter to Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concerns about this idea.

Granger’s support is greatly appreciated. There are alternatives available to reform our healthcare system, but reducing patients’ access to our services because of their diagnoses is not one of them.

— Trent Pierce, HealthSouth Hospitals, Fort Worth

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