Urban hospitals fret over treatment in healthcare reform

Urban hospitals are worried over provisions in healthcare reform that may shift dollars away from high cost areas of the USA to more efficient, less costly areas, the NY Times reports today. It seems that these urban centers may be exposed to the kind of treatment that rural providers have faced for decades. While NRHA has its reservations about a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on regional variations in Medicare spending, it is important to note that generally, rural providers should fare well in this type of analysis. Perhaps, a small step forward toward our major goal of equitable reimbursement.

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