Recently, CT DSS released a bulletin on changes to the rate structure for obstetric care.
CSMS and other physician and hospital groups across the state are very concerned with the potential impact of these changes.
Today, a joint letter was sent to DSS Commissioner Roderick Bremby and DSS Health Services Director Kate McEvoy requesting an immediate meeting to discuss these concerns.
The letter raised a number of points, including:
- These draconian cuts will have an immediate and irreversible impact on access to care for expectant mothers in the Medicaid program in Connecticut.
- Further, these reductions, many of them 20% to 40% cuts in payment for care delivery, will further erode the already fragile safety net that the undersigned parties have tried to build up over the last decade.
- In our initial analysis, it appears that the dramatic reductions in reimbursements for critical care delivery services will result in significant reductions to those presently providing these services to this vulnerable population.
- Providing coverage for medical services is simply not enough when access to care has and continues to be eviscerated through historic cuts in reimbursement for delivery-related services for expectant mothers.
CSMS will continue to work with physicians and hospitals across the state to ensure that all Connecticut women have access to quality healthcare.