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The Government Shutdown and Healthcare

 
October 24, 2013:

Anita Schmidt, BS, RHIT, Clinical Technical Editor

The kind of federal government shutdown that just ended has not been seen in 17 years. The last shutdown to occur was in the fall/winter of 1995–1996 and lasted more than 20 days. Many health care-related initiatives are affected by such a shutdown, limiting the services and activities they offer.

Outlined in a document provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the following are just a few agencies/services that were affected by the shutdown, along with an explanation of how:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

  • Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) continued to perform claims processing and payment functions,
  • Fewer recertification and initial surveys were completed.
  • Finalization of Medicare payment rules, including physician fee schedule, hospital outpatient prospective payment system, and ambulatory surgery center payment systems, were delayed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • The annual seasonal influenza program was suspended.
  • Continuous updating of recommendations for disease treatment and prevention ceased.
  • Infectious disease surveillance to state and local partners was not provided.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Research was suspended on improving patient safety and reducing health care-associated infections.

National Institutes of Health (NIH):

  • Care and treatment of existing patients continued but with reduced staffing, retaining roughly 27 percent of workers.
  • New patients were not accepted for clinical trials, unless deemed “medically necessary.”

 

 
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