Health Care Reform and Sheridan Memorial

At their monthly meeting Wednesday, the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees briefly discussed the ramifications of the health care reform bill that was passed and signed into law earlier this week. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.


The passage of the health care reform bill has been dominating the news on the national and local scene since it was passed in the House Sunday and signed by President Obama Tuesday. Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty says that it's still too early to understand all of the impacts the legislation will have on the hospital.

McCafferty points out a little known public fact about providing services for the uninsured at Sheridan Memorial.

McCafferty said that the hospital will continue to find ways to be efficient, while providing the same level of quality for the patients with the understanding that the hospital may receive less payments from all sources as a whole.

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Yes, and one way to off-set that "charity-care" and "bad debt" that the hospital looses money on is to raise fees on their services. So that the rest of the community who pays their bills get the added benefit of paying for those who don't.