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Fewer independent hospitals can weather operating headwinds
Modern Healthcare

When Nanticoke Memorial Hospital first lost its Medicare-dependent hospital status in 2014, it checked the first of several criteria that would chart the independent Seaford, Del.-based hospital’s future. The CMS declared that Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island no longer had areas that qualified as rural under its new rules, which meant that hospitals in those states would have to earn a rural reclassification to qualify for the higher reimbursement rate. Nanticoke went without Medicare-dependent hospital funding for periods of time, which made it harder to operate independently.