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Medicare proposal could have impact on rural hospitals
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

A federal proposal would have staggering implications for rural health care across the country and negatively impact almost every rural hospital, including Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, according to local and state health care officials.

In a report issued last Thursday, the federal Department of Health & Human Services’  Office of Inspector General (OIG)  recommended removing a Medicare payment status known as Critical Access Hospital (CAH) for hospitals that do not meet certain distance requirements.

According to hospital officials, the recommendation

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:17 PM

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