Long, Blunt join effort to keep OCH open

Posted on July 22, 2016 09:34 am CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Two more members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation have joined the effort to keep a Springfield hospital  open. 

Rep. Billy Long and Sen. Roy Blunt sent a bicameral letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt requesting that the agency delay the termination of their Medicare provider agreement with Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) until the final result of the hospital’s appeal. 

The hospital announced this week it would close its in-patient and surgery units and the emergency room because of the lost federal funding. OCH said it will lay off 200 employees. 

“Hundreds of Southwest Missouri medical professionals will have lost their jobs and reliable patient treatment systems will have ceased prematurely if this CMS decision isn’t halted,” said Long. “With such short notice, quality health care in the Ozarks and these employees’ livelihoods could take a major blow. On behalf of these providers and patients, we have called for this termination to be delayed until a final ruling is made on the hospital’s agreement.”

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