Rural Hospitals Fight for Medicare Reimbursement Rate

From WVTF:

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are pushing legislation to help rural hospitals across the commonwealth get the same reimbursement rate for Medicare as their urban counterparts.

The legislation is called the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2016. It changes the index for payments to hospitals from a regional one to a national one. Currently hospitals get federal dollars based on a wage index tied to the local economy, but the senators want to set a national index that would benefit rural hospitals. Warner says rural hospitals are currently losing out on millions of dollars that they need to survive.

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