Congressman MacArthur Announces $36.4M in Federal Funding for 17 NJ Hospitals
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom MacArthur (N.J.-03) today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will extend for another year a key Medicare policy—the imputed rural floor—to provide New Jersey hospitals with fair and equitable payments to support physicians and other health care professionals providing care to NJ residents.
MacArthur led a bipartisan effort urging this extension along with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-02).
"The extension of the imputed rural floor is a huge win for New Jersey. This extension will bring millions of dollars to our state and will help our hospitals continue to provide quality care for the most vulnerable New Jerseyans,” said Rep. MacArthur. “This was a priority for New Jersey and a priority for me, which is why I fought hard for this over the last few months. I am proud to have led our delegation, along with Senators Menendez and Booker, and Representatives LoBiondo and Pascrell, in calling for this vital extension, and I appreciate the Trump Administration for granting it."
“Thank you to the members of the New Jersey delegation who joined together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the imputed floor for New Jersey hospitals and patients. We especially want to acknowledge the work of Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3) for his leadership and outreach to members of the Administration to educate them about the unique concerns of an all-urban state like New Jersey,” said Betsy Ryan, CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association.
“On behalf of Virtua and its 9,000 employees, we appreciate CMS’ decision announced yesterday to continue the Medicare Wage Index Imputed Rural Floor policy for FFY 2018,” said Virtua President & CEO Richard Miller. “This decision brings additional federal funds to the affected hospitals to help provide services to Medicare recipients and deliver services to our communities. We commend our Congressman Tom MacArthur for his extraordinary personal engagement in support of this federal policy that is so important to the hospitals in Congressional District 3. We also want to recognize the entire New Jersey Congressional Delegation for placing a high priority on achieving continuation of the imputed rural floor, as they have done year after year.”
New Jersey is one of only three states in the nation deemed to be “all urban” under Medicare’s wage payment policy. As such, the state’s hospitals are unable to benefit from several Medicare policies that benefit rural states. The imputed rural floor allows New Jersey’s hospitals to effectively compete for the highest quality health care talent available by providing equity with rural states. This policy will now be extended through FY 2018.
The following New Jersey hospitals are expected to benefit from a combined $36.4 million in additional Medicare funds:
• Cape Regional Medical Center (Cape May Court House)
• Capital Health Medical Center (Hopewell-Pennington)
• Cooper Hospital (Camden)
• Deborah Heart and Lung Center (Browns Mills)
• Hackettstown Regional Medical Center
• Inspira Medical Center (Elmer)
• Inspira Medical Center (Vineland)
• Inspira Medical Center (Woodbury)
• Kennedy University Hospital (Cherry Hill)
• Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County (Willingboro)
• Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Inc. (Woodstown)
• Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center (Camden)
• R.W.J. University Hospital (Hamilton)
• St. Francis Medical Center (Trenton)
• St. Luke's Warren Hospital (Phillipsburg)
• Virtua Hospital (Voorhees)
• Virtua Memorial Hospital (Mt. Holly)
Congressman MacArthur personally discussed this issue with HHS Secretary Tom Price and worked to educate the administration on the importance of this issue.