Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:54
By Willis Mahannah - Editor / Local hospital officials don’t want to sound like alarmists, but they are taking an issue over a recent proposal that, if ever acted upon could severely affect health care at many rural hospitals, including St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.
“We are raising the red flag, at least internally,” said Ron Briggs, President/CEO of Franciscan Care Services. “We really feel it’s a concern and we think people should be made aware of it.”
What “it” is, is a report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that proposes to remove the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation from some hospitals.