"News & Issues" piece on Maine's small, rural hospitals, which are being pressur
"News & Issues" piece on Maine's small, rural hospitals, which are being pressured to reduce some of their traditional services in return for increased reimbursement levels for Medicare and Medicaid patients. The strain comes in part from federal initiatives that introduced Health Maintenance Organizations and the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Those that agree to cut their number of acute care beds to 15 or less and to keep patients no longer than four days will be designated "Critical Access Hospitals" and will be reimbursed at the actual cost to the hospital, not the fees set by the government. Jim Harnar of the Maine Hospital Association says hospitals in Blue Hill, Greenville and Boothbay Harbor have already accepted the terms and a dozen more are eligible to do so.
Davis, Jay, ""News & Issues" piece on Maine's small, rural hospitals, which are being pressur" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3552.
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