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Shuster is helping hospitals

April 04, 2004|By Carolyn F. Scanlan

Patients, physicians, and hospitals in the 9th Congressional District have a true friend and advocate in Congressman Bill Shuster. As health-care administrators, we are appreciative of Congressman Shuster's unwavering support for and tremendous knowledge of the issues important to the medical community and patients they serve in central and western Pennsylvania.

Since taking office in early 2001, Congressman Shuster has been fully supportive of legislation that positively affects hospitals, doctors and nurses throughout Pennsylvania. He has been effective in ensuring that the concerns of our community have been heard and addressed by healthcare policy leaders in Washington. Additionally, as a member of the House Rural Health Care Coalition, he was instrumental in ensuring the inclusion of the "Rural Provider Package" in the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act, which provided much needed financial relief to rural hospitals. When a significant decrease in Medicare payments was scheduled, Shuster supported an inflation increase for physicians and hospitals. He has also stepped up to express concerns regarding the 75 percent rule dealing with inpatient rehabilitation.

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Shuster has a proven record of supporting important issues such as meaningful medical liability reform, and he has been consistent in his efforts to ensure that the delivery and existence of quality health care remains stable in central Pennsylvania. He has been accessible and has visited local hospitals and other medical providers in the 9th District numerous times while in office.

Your health care depends on the commitment that Congressman Shuster has demonstrated in supporting hospitals, Rural Health Centers, physicians and the concept that good health makes good economic sense.

It takes a coordinated effort to make positive changes occur and Shuster has been an effective partner, working closely with the medical community of the 9th District. We look forward to his continuing help to make health care more accessible and affordable to our community.




Carolyn F. Scanlan is president and CEO of the Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pennsylvania.

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