COURTNEY ANNOUNCES WINDHAM HOSPITAL WILL ONCE AGAIN RECEIVE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENTS AS A MEDICARE DEPENDENT HOSPITAL
(Norwich, CT) —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that Windham Hospital stands to receive approximately $3.8 in reimbursements per year for five-years the federal government after Congress restored funding for the Medicare Dependent Hospital Program (MDH) in the bipartisan budget agreement that Courtney voted for last week. Courtney is a cosponsor 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 Connecticut."
“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 Senior 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 on September 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 over 200 MDH hospitals nationwide, but Windham is the sole participant in the program from Connecticut. This enhanced reimbursement will account for approximately $3.8 million of Windham Hospital’s annual revenue. Courtney previously advocated for extensions of the program in 2013 and again in 2015.