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Katko: Oswego Health to receive $1.4 million from congressional budget deal

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The passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act in Congress on Friday means that Oswego Health will receive $1.4 million, according to Rep. John Katko's office.

The budget agreement provides a five-year expansion of the Medicare low-volume adjustment policy, which provides special Medicare payments to certain small and low-volume hospitals. Katko's office said the extension included reforms to the low-volume adjustment policy, making Oswego Health and other rural hospitals across New Yorkstate eligible for funding.

Beginning in the 2019 fiscal year, Oswego Health will receive an additional $1.4 million to provide care for the course of five years.

“Rural hospitals like Oswego Health face significant, unique challenges in providing care," Katko said. "Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve worked alongside Oswego Health to ensure they are able to deliver the best quality care and was proud to support this budget, which provides significant support and funding certainty to Oswego Health and other rural providers."

In order for a hospital to qualify for low volume payment adjustment, it must be located 15 miles or further from the nearest hospital and have a low number of Medicare discharges.

“The new funding Oswego Health will now receive through the Medicare Low-Volume payment adjustment is important to allowing us to continue providing high quality healthcare to patients in our community," said Oswego Health Executive Vice President Jeff Coakley. "Rep. Katko has long been a champion of hospitals and healthcare in Central New York and we thank him for his help in securing this funding for Oswego.”

The congressman represents Onondaga, Wayne, Cayuga and part of Oswego counties.

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