Congressional approval of an extension for the federal Medicare Dependent Hospital Program (MDH) last week will result in about $3.8 million more in annual reimbursements for Windham Hospital, the only MDH hospital in Connecticut, according to an announcement this week from U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and Hartford HealthCare, Windham’s parent.The program provides enhanced reimbursements for certain small hospitals that have a high percentage of Medicare patients and was developed to improve the financial stability of hospitals serving older, rural populations. There are more than 200 MDH hospitals in the U.S.
“At a time when hospital financing has been in turmoil across Connecticut, this five-year recurring commitment will provide a sizable boost in stable revenue for Windham Hospital,” Courtney said.
The MDH program, which had expired on Sept. 30, 2017, was extended retroactively through 2022. Courtney is a cosponsor of the Rural Hospital Access Act, which would permanently extend the MDH program.