DCH in Tuscaloosa braces for $8 million in supplemental funding - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

DCH in Tuscaloosa braces for $8 million in supplemental funding cuts

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is bracing for millions of dollars in federal cuts.

The hospital could lose out on up to $8 million in federal funds from Medicare and other supplemental funding.

DCH relies on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements but could lose out on $3 million next year.

"It seems a lot of it is about taking costs out of the system...and healthcare is very expensive as we all know...but what it comes down to is taking costs out of the system, it's got to come out of the providers. Where else can it come," DCH spokesperson Brad Fisher said.

The government could also slash between $2.5 million to $3.5 million in payments used to take care of low income and indigent patients.

Fisher says the logic behind this is that through the new healthcare law, hospitals won't need the money.

"Well that may be true eventually...it's certainly not true today. Yet the money was cut as of Oct. 1," Fisher said.

Alabama has declined to expand Medicaid under the new healthcare law. This has also impacted healthcare providers due to lower Medicaid payments.

Fayette Hospital, which DCH also serves, expects to receive $750,000 less from the federal government.

Even with the cuts, hospitals say patients will receive the same care.

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