Keokuk Area Hospital appeals rejection of Critical Care Status

The Keokuk Area Hospital is appealing a Medicare decision that took Keokuk out of the running for a critical care status.

A Critical Care Status would allow the struggling hospital to collect better reimbursement rates for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients.

According to letter from Hospital CEO Walley Winkler to the Daily Gate City

, the original request was denied due to guidelines that a critical care hospital has to be further than 35 miles away from another hospital.

Now as a part of the appeal, Winkler says the hospital is asking Medicare to consider the unique factors relating to the Keokuk area and the impact the closing of Keokuk Area Hospital would have on both access to care as well as the local economy.

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