The fate of critical access hospitals (CAH) was discussed during Monitor Monday in reaction to the recent OIG report suggesting that two-thirds of the nation’s CAHs would not meet the milage requirement (35 miles) if they were to re-enroll in the Medicare program today. The special guest today was Brock Slabach, senior vice president for the National Rural Health Association. Slabach referenced a letter by Senators Tammy Baldwin and Mike Crapo, urging Senator Max Baucus and Orin Hatch, both of whom are members of the Senate Finance Committee, expressing concerns about cuts to CAH funding. Slabach urges providers to call their Senators to voice concern about the proposed cuts.
Additionally, on the broadcast was Chief Financial Officer for Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, reported that his facility won the 2013 Healthcare Financial Management Association MAP Award for “High Performance in Revenue Cycle.