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Boustany Seeks to Reduce Health Costs and Improve Patient Care

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. M.D. (R-South Louisiana) released the following statement after recently introducing H.R. 6176, the Aligning Incentives for Better Patient Care Act:

"As a retired heart surgeon, I know we can reduce Medicare costs by removing legal barriers preventing hospitals from delivering better care to seniors. Under current law, it's a criminal offence for a hospital to reward physicians for helping with important quality improvement programs, including those designed to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions or the rate of avoidable re-operations. This unintended rule creates waste and prevents patients from receiving the best possible care."


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