Port Townsend: Jefferson General Hospital may downsize to qualify for federal program

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson General Hospital commissioners decided Wednesday to seek admission into federal program to reduce the gap between the cost of Medicare services and reimbursements.

Hospital commissioners will apply for admission into the Critical Access Hospital Program, a move that could provide a fresh source of revenue under a revised reimbursement formula.

Acceptance would mean the hospital would have to reduce the number of beds it has available for patients. In return, the federal program would up the ante on reimbursements.

The move is being prompted by a $1.3 million operating revenue loss last year, hospital officials said. The budget was $24 million for 2001.

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