These are uncertain times in health care and it is important that we protect our interest as a health care organization. There are several looming topics in Washington D.C. that could potentially threaten our ability to provide the high quality health care services our community expects. You can make a difference contacting your legislator and the proof is below. Gordon Glass, CFO at GVMH, persistently contacted Senator McCaskill’s Office until she agreed to look out for the interest of Medicare Dependent Hospitals. Please take Gordon’s lead and contact your legislators as well and ask that they protect rural hospitals like GVMH. Rural hospitals only account for 2% of total Medicare spending. Rural hospitals provide care in a more cost effective manner than urban hospitals. I am all for decreasing our debt and lowering spending but reducing reimbursement to rural hospitals is not the right place to make cuts.
Below is the string of emails Gordon shared with Senator McCaskill’s office.
Email 1 to Senator McCaskill’s office:
As I am sure you are aware legislation that provides for Medicare Dependent Hospitals will expire September 30th . Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare currently receives additional funding of $300,000 per year which is critical for us to meet the needs of our Medicare patients here in rural Missouri.
Please ask Senator McCaskill to sign on as a co sponsor of senate bill S.2620 that will reinstate the much needed Medicare Dependent Hospital program.
The Medicare Dependent hospitals in Missouri very much need this legislation approved and Senator McCaskill’s support will be appreciated.
Thank you for your consideration
Chief Financial Officer
Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
First response from Senator McCaskill’s office:
Thanks for reaching out on this piece of legislation. We are carefully monitoring the bill and hoping to see it come up following the election. I will be sure to keep you posted!
Email 2 to Senator McCaskill’s office:
I would like to see Senator McCaskill stand up for the Medicare Dependent Hospitals in Missouri and show her leadership by co-sponsor Senate bill S. 2620.
Simply monitoring the bill and hoping it comes up doesn’t resolve the financial hardship that these hospitals are facing.
Please ask Senator McCaskill to reconsider her position and demonstrate the leadership we need before the election.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Second response from Senator McCaskill’s office:
The Senator has agreed to cosponsor the legislation. We’ll add her today, but it will take a few days to show up online. Thanks for reaching out on this.
Follow up to Gordon from a concerned party:
Unbelievable! I just tried calling you to congratulate you, but got voicemail. Outstanding job! You have no idea how many hospitals pushed on her, and you got her!
Eric Zimmerman |
McDermott Will & Emery LLP |
600 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005-3096 |
202.756.8148 phone|202.756.8087 fax |