CHARLES CITY- Proposed changes in healthcare laws could have a direct effect on local hospitals. In a letter to Floyd County Supervisors, Floyd County Medical Center C.F.O Ronald Timpe says the hospital’s Board of Commissions recently approved a motion not to seek any county tax subsidies. However, there could soon be a time FCMC would begin to request county tax funding in order to continue providing patient care.
The letter provides examples of a 2% reduction in payments to FCMC that began in the spring with the Federal Sequestration as well as possible changes to Critical Access Hospitals that could result in much less funding.
In September, The Des Moines Register reported the proposed change would affect 82 community hospitals in Iowa that are deemed Critical Access facilities.
Viva (Vi-Vuh) Boerschel, Director of Nursing at Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City says critical access classification is very important to rural hospitals.
Both U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley were among twenty senators who signed a bipartisan letter warning against cuts to the Critical Access program.
Supervisor Roy Schwickerath commended hospital personnel for keeping on top of possible changes.
Changes to the Critical Access program could result in $4.7 million dollars less in funding for the hospital.