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WCMH to receive government reimbursements

WILLIMANTIC — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, announced Windham Community Memorial Hospital stands to receive approximately $3.8 million in reimbursements per year for five-years from the federal government.

This comes after Congress restored funding for the Medicare Dependent Hospital Program (MDH) in the bipartisan budget agreement Courtney voted for last week. Courtney is a co-sponsor of the Rural Hospital Access Act that would permanently extend the MDH program.

“Windham Hospital is a critical source of high-quality care for the Windham region,” said Courtney. “At a time when hospital financing has been in turmoil across Connecticut, this five-year recurring commitment will provide a sizable boost in stable revenue for Windham Hospital.

“Windham is in a unique position as the only MDH hospital in Connecticut and that fact underscores the critical work their clinical staff provides in eastern Connecti-cut.”

Officials from Hartford HealthCare, WCMH’s parent company, weighed in today.

“We thank Congressmen Courtney for his continued commitment and determination in ensuring that the people of eastern Connecticut have access to the care they need and deserve,” said Hartford HealthCare Sen-ior Vice President Donna Handley, who also serves as Windham Hospital president. “Reimbursement through the Medicare Dependent Hospital Program helps us fulfill our promise of providing high quality, coordinated care.”

The MDH program, which had expired Sept. 30, 2017, was extended retroactively through 2022. This program provides enhanced reimbursements for certain small hospitals that have a high percentage of Medicare patients. It was developed to improve the financial stability of hospitals serving older, rural populations.

There are more than 200 MDH hospitals nationwide, but Windham is the sole participant from Connecticut.

 

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