YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County hospitals would be in line for additional millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements if U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and other area legislators have their way.
Ryan, of Niles, D-17th, said Wednesday that a coalition of area legislators, including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, plan to add an amendment to a bill to move Forum Health and Humility of Mary Health Partners from the Trumbull-Mahoning-Mercer core based statistical area (CBSA) to the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor CBSA.
The Cleveland CBSA pays higher Medicare reimbursements. The reimbursement rate is established by a formula, which includes wage indexing. The wage index is determined by the wages and benefits for hospital workers in the area in which the hospitals are located.
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