Rural Hospitals Get Relief In Fiscal Cliff Deal

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: "While much of the hospital industry has lamented the deal reached between Congress and the White House because it will pay about half the $30 billion bill to avert a 27 percent Medicare fee cut for physicians, the agreement was cause for celebration for about 200 small, rural hospitals. That's because it also extended for one year a program that pays hospitals such as Jones Memorial up to several millions of dollars each year because they have fewer than 100 beds, are located in rural areas and treat a high proportion of Medicare patients" (Galewitz, 1/4). Read the story.

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