The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania says its survey finds that many hospitals have or plan to freeze hiring, lay off current staff, cancel or delay renovations or building projects, and cut services.
HAP says the federal government has reduced hospital payments since 2010 and more cuts are scheduled in their Medicare payments.
"Pennsylvania hospitals confront a changing and uncertain health care environment, mounting federal payment cuts, and an economy that is still struggling," said Andy Carter, HAP President and CEO. "As hospitals work to transform the delivery system, they need stability in federal Medicare and Medicaid payments in order to make needed improvements without jeopardizing Pennsylvanians' access to health care," said Carter.
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