Becker's Healthcare January 2, 2020
Kelly Gooch

Healthcare issues such as surprise billing and Medicaid payments were consistently part of the nation’s legislative news cycle last year.

Moving into 2020, Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, and Tom Nickels, the AHA’s executive vice president of government relations and public policy, provide their predictions regarding these issues and more.

Here are their predictions for 2020:

1. Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments will be a key legislative issue. In December, lawmakers approved a year-end spending deal that delays $4 billion in cuts to Medicaid DSH payments until late May. Mr. Pollack said he believes Congress will address the issue longer term and repeal the cuts altogether this year.

2. Lawmakers will continue to discuss surprise...