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LETTER: Appreciates Guthrie's support

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 Congress is debating several key policy issues, including legislation to prevent a nearly 30 percent reimbursement cut to physicians and other healthcare providers under Medicare (the so-called “doc fix”). Part of the debate involves how to offset the costs associated with these policies so that the national budget deficit is not increased. Keeping the deficit in check is necessary, though cost offsets within the Medicare program should not disproportionately impact particular healthcare providers. 

In this regard, I would like to express our appreciation to Congressman Brett Guthrie for joining more than 90 of his colleagues in the U.S. House in signing a bi-partisan letter sent to key congressional leaders. This important letter highlights the valuable role that rehabilitation hospitals play in helping patients following a serious illness or injury and reiterates concerns about subjecting such hospitals to unwarranted reductions. It also highlights what we in the rehabilitation hospital sector have known for years, and what all taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries should know: there is not a spending "growth problem" for rehabilitation hospital services in the Medicare program.    

Lori Jarboe

Chief Executive Officer

HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital