Braley Secures $12.5 Million in New Medicare Payments to Iowa Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:17

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced that 20 Iowa hospitals will receive $12.5 million in additional Medicare reimbursements. The payments will be delivered to the hospitals tomorrow, and come as a result of a provision Rep. Braley authored and passed into law during the health care negotiations last Congress.

"For decades, Iowa’s doctors have been punished for no reason other than geography," said Rep. Braley. "These payments are the first step toward ending these geographic disparities and reforming our Medicare system so it finally rewards quality of care instead of the number of procedures performed."

The following Iowa hospitals will receive the funds:

Hospital Name  

County  

Estimated Payment  

Broadlawns Medical Center  

Polk  

$44,991  

Grinnell Regional Medical Center  

Poweshiek  

$89,982  

Iowa Lutheran Hospital  

Polk  

$479,904  

Iowa Methodist Medical Center  

Polk  

$1,709,658  

Lakes Regional Healthcare  

Dickinson  

$74,985  

Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center  

Marshall  

$164,967  

Mary Greeley Medical Center  

Story  

$479,904  

Mercy Hospital  

Johnson  

$509,898  

Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids  

Linn  

$584,883  

Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines  

Polk  

$2,129,574  

Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa  

Cerrogordo  

$1,004,799  

Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City  

Woodbury  

$779,844  

Skiff Medical Center  

Jasper  

$104,979  

Spencer Municipal Hospital  

Clay  

$164,967  

St Anthony Regional Hospital  

Carroll  

$104,979  

St Luke’s Hospital  

Linn  

$794,841

St Luke’s Regional Medical Center

Woodbury

$374,925

Trinity Regional Medical Center

Webster

$434,913

Unity Hospital

Muscatine

$74,985

University Of Iowa Hospital & Clinics

Johnson

$2,399,520

TOTAL

$12,507,499

Rep. Braley secured the funding during late night negotiations with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama Administration officials before the final health care votelast spring. Tomorrow, Iowa hospitals will receive $12.5 million in additional Medicare reimbursements, or 8.3 percent of the available funds. Under Rep. Braley’s provision, Iowa receives the 4th-highest amount of payments of any state.

Last Congress, Braley negotiated a compromise adding language to the health carereform bill that provides an immediate $800 million to address geographic disparities for both doctors and hospitals, as well as written guarantees from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for further action toreform Medicare reimbursement rates. Iowa doctors and hospitals have long suffered from an unfair Medicare formula which reimburses them at a lower rate than providers in other states – all while offering some of the highest quality, lowest-cost care in the nation.

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