COVER STORY

Modern Healthcare - - Editorial -

In the af­ter­math of the debt-ceil­ing battle, providers are feel­ing ner­vous since lawmakers need to come up with an­other $1.5 tril­lion in cuts by the end of the year. “Provider pay­ment cuts are pretty easy to do, rel­a­tively speak­ing. And there doesn’t seem to be a clear con­nec­tion in the minds of pol­i­cy­mak­ers that equates pay­ment cuts with ac­cess prob­lems,” says Michael Regier, left, of provider al­liance VHA.

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