Sequesteration http://wesa.fm en While Still in the Black, Hospitals Warn About Sequestration http://wesa.fm/post/while-still-black-hospitals-warn-about-sequestration <p>Hospitals in western Pennsylvania are warning that their operating margins are shrinking sharply, and that’s not counting the impact of the sequester from a 2 percent reduction from Medicare.</p><p>Denis Lukes, vice president at the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, said operating margins at the trade association's 56 member hospitals dropped by more than half from a year ago. That coupled with possible cuts to government reimbursement leads to a “perfect storm.”</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 17:33:40 +0000 Kevin Gavin 9260 at http://wesa.fm Bob Casy on the Sequester and Fixing Air Traffic Delays http://wesa.fm/post/bob-casy-sequester-and-fixing-air-traffic-delays <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If you've been doing any air travel lately, you're probably well aware of the frustrating delays Americans have been experiencing at airports across the country. A week ago the U.S. Senate approved a plan to end furloughs of air traffic controllers in order to decrease the intensifying flight delays. The day after that the house voted to provide more flexibility over where to make cuts required by the government sequester. Senator <a href="http://www.casey.senate.gov/"><strong>Bob Casey</strong></a> talks about where we stand with sequestration. Thu, 02 May 2013 23:37:06 +0000 Heather McClain 8924 at http://wesa.fm Bob Casy on the Sequester and Fixing Air Traffic Delays As Sequester Cuts Kick In, Hospitals to See Less Revenue from Medicare Payments http://wesa.fm/post/sequester-cuts-kick-hospitals-see-less-revenue-medicare-payments <p>Starting April 1, Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors and other health care providers will be reduced by 2 percent as sequestration cuts kick in.</p><p>These cuts come after a slew of other cuts and subsidy reductions for under- and un-compensated care in preparation for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the cut, reimbursing Medicare claims at 98 cents on the dollar. Medicare already reimburses less than most private health insurance plans.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:59:34 +0000 Erika Beras 7015 at http://wesa.fm Sequestration Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits for Thousands in PA http://wesa.fm/post/sequestration-cuts-reduce-unemployment-benefits-thousands-pa <p>Federal sequestration cuts will reduce the unemployment compensation checks of thousands of Pennsylvanians starting in April.<br><br>The roughly 10 percent dip amounts to between $7 and $61, depending on the size of each benefit check.<br><br>Sara Goulet, with the state Department of Labor and Industry, says people who have been on unemployment for more than 26 weeks will have to absorb a reduction.<br> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:17:17 +0000 Mary Wilson 6953 at http://wesa.fm