Mar. 06, 2019

HONESDALE – Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) announced today that Barnes Kasson and Endless Mountains hospitals, Susquehanna County, and Wayne Memorial Hospital, Wayne County, were among five rural hospitals chosen to participate in the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.

“I am pleased to see that the administration has chosen to include three of our local hospitals to take part in this Rural Health Model,” said Fritz. “It is important that we do what we must to ensure our rural hospitals remain ready to serve, operate efficiently, and enhance quality of life in our communities.”

The Rural Health Model is an alternative payment method, offering hospitals a comprehensive budget payment alternative. The multi-partner payor model will include private and public insurers. This model is the first in the nation that looks to ensure the financial viability of hospitals in rural areas across the Commonwealth.

Other participants selected for this model include:
• Jersey Shore in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County.
• UPMC Kane in Kane, McKean County.

Gateway, Geisinger, Highmark, Medicaid and UPMC will be the initial private insurance payers of this model.

This is the next step in transforming health care delivery in Pennsylvania.

Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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