He added that the draft's proposal to accelerate DSH payment cuts "is not acceptable" because "the vital program was already cut in the health reform legislation" and because it provides funds to hospitals that serve a large portion of the poor and uninsured.
The idea that the IPAB would be able to cut hospital Medicare fees before 2020 "flies in the face of congressional intent and removes lawmakers from decisions that will affect healthcare in the community," he said.
And proposed cuts in funding for graduate and indirect medical education " at a time when physicians are in short supply." And it cuts the Medicare bad debt program that provides funds to hospitals that treat seniors who can't pay their bills, Umbdenstock said.
Among the reports other recommendations to cut healthcare spending are these: