NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Four hospitals in Rhode Island are getting $6.2 million in additional Medicare payments because of a federal adjustment in reimbursement rates.

The funding announced Tuesday by the state's congressional delegation is for Kent Hospital, Newport Hospital, South County Hospital and Westerly Hospital. The funding is available following a "wage index" adjustment by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The delegation says the hospitals were consistently reimbursed based on a lower index than every other hospital in Rhode Island, leading to a "severe payment disparity."

Last year's adjustment yielded $5.75 million more for the four hospitals.


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