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Consumers First Comment Letter To The Federal Government On The Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

06.17.2022

Consumers First is an alliance that brings together the interests of consumers, employers, labor unions, and primary care working to change the fundamental economic incentives and design of the health care system. Our work is to realign the incentives and design of health care, so the system truly delivers the health and high-value care that all families across the nation deserve.

Medicare payment policy often establishes a standard that is then adopted by other payers, including commercial insurers and Medicaid. Changes made to the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for Calendar Year 2023 offer an important opportunity to strengthen the Medicare program and to signal to other payers the need to realign the economic incentives of health care payment and delivery to truly meet the needs of all families, children, seniors, and adults across the country. The recommendations made by Consumers First could catalyze the transformational change needed in our payment system to drive high-value care into the healthcare system and across healthcare markets in the U.S.

Given our focus on transforming health care payment and delivery systems to provide high-value care to consumers, our comment letter focuses on the following sections of the proposed rule:

  • Improve Hospital Price Transparency Regulation
    • Administer civil monetary penalty
    • Increase civil monetary penalty
    • Require price data to be paired with quality data
  • Abandon efforts to Suppress Patient Safety Measure
  • Inpatient Quality Reporting Program: Collect Disaggregated Data and stratify quality measures by REALD.

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