CMS proposes reimbursement approach for emergency immigrant care

CAL/AAEM News Service calaaem_news at
Tue Aug 3 21:49:36 PDT 2004

CMS proposes reimbursement approach for emergency immigrant care 

July 22, 2004

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today posted to its Web site a 
proposed approach for reimbursing hospitals and other providers for emergency 
health services provided to undocumented immigrants. The Medicare Modernization 
Act earmarked $250 million a year in fiscal years 2005 to 2008 to help 
hospitals and certain other emergency care providers recoup a portion of the 
costs associated with providing such emergency services. AHA is still reviewing 
the details of the proposal, but said it was disappointed the proposal would, 
in many cases, still require hospitals to ask patients’ immigration status. 
CMS plans to hold an Open Door Forum on the proposal Aug. 2, and will accept 
comments on the proposal through Aug. 16. The agency plans to announce a final 
implementation approach later this year in the form of a Paperwork Reduction 
Act notice. A paper describing its proposed implementation approach can be 
found at

Source: AHA News  ( 

Cyrus Shahpar & Brian Potts 
Managing Editors, CAL/AAEM News Service 

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