NRHA in the news: Can critical access hospitals properly treat seriously ill patients?
Until recently, Medicare paid critical access hospitals for most inpatient and outpatient services at a rate of 101 percent of allowable costs. This additional compensation is provided because actual costs for small hospitals can exceed what Medicare normally allows for reimbursements. Following the recent federal spending reduction that began on in March 2013 because of budget constraints, the reimbursement figure dropped to about 99 percent of allowable costs, says Brock Slabach, NRHA's senior vice president for member services.
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