Administrators at two rural Iowa hospitals say they’re being hit hard by the recent reduction of medicare reimbursements. The C-E-O of ShenandoahMemorial Hospital, Chuck Milburg, says smaller hospitals like his could lose the specialized services like chemotherapy and radiation. Milburg says patients won’t notice the changes right away and that is part of the legislators’ plan. The CEO of the Clarinda Regional Hospital, Rudy Snedigar,says the medicare cut adds to cuts in insurance contracts for a double hit on the rural hospitals. Milburg says hospitals will have to look for ways to become more efficient while pushing legislators to reverse the changes.
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