Help On The Way For Illinois’ Rural Hospitals

From NPR Illinois:

Casner said measures in the $2 trillion federal aid package – such as advancing Medicare payments, offering small business loans and relaxing rules on telemedicine visits – will help keep the them afloat.

Pat Schou leads the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network – a group of 51 hospitals, including the hospital in Pana, that serve many Medicare patients.

She said hospitals in her group are facing a similar situation.

“If you don’t have much business, and you got to pay employees, and in our case, they have to pay people to be ready,” Schou said. “And they still have to take care of some people that come in [to the emergency room] … So it will help bridge the gap for them.”

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