Logan Memorial Hospital is proud to be part of this community. Like other community hospitals across the country, we are a major local employer, a significant tax payer, a backbone for local economic and business development, and the sole point of access to hospital care close to home. You may be unaware, but two critical rural Medicare programs that directly help our local hospital and hospitals throughout Kentucky are at risk - the Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) Payment and Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) Adjustment programs.
As you might imagine, hospitals in urban areas see more patients and serve a different demographic of people – often more privately insured and younger patients – than rural hospitals. The MDH and LVH programs were designed to minimize these disparities, ensure fair reimbursement and protect rural hospitals’ ability to maintain the same levels of quality and regulatory compliance as their urban counterparts. However, both programs expired in October, and time is running short to save them.
Congress must take action to extend the MDH and LVH programs and protect our community hospitals. Fortunately, Congressman Whitfield has joined the bipartisan group of lawmakers that is working to make this happen, and we applaud his leadership on this issue. Rest assured that at Logan Memorial Hospital our caregivers, nurses and doctors are committed to meeting the needs of the community and providing the highest quality care to our patients. But it is more important than ever that the rest of Congress take action to prevent further cuts.
We thank Congressman Whitfield for standing up for rural hospitals and the patients we serve. We hope the rest of Congress will join in support of this bipartisan effort to protect our hospitals.