Proposed Medicare Cuts Could Impacts Oregon Hospitals
PORTLAND, OR -- A federal budget-cutting proposal threatens to reduce Medicare payments to more than a dozen rural Oregon hospitals. And officials worry the impact could be devastating. Fifteen rural hospitals could be drastically effected by efforts to trim the Medicare budget. Oregon has 25 “critical access hospitals”, those are rural facilities who get higher Medicaid payments under a 1997 program to save remote hospitals. But fifteen of them are less than 35 miles from another hospital, which is why their payments are threatened.
The CEO of St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, estimates they could lose more than $3-million a year.
It’s still unclear whether the recommendation will gain any traction. The Obama administration has countered- proposing to cut off “critical access” status for hospitals less than 10 miles from another.
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