HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Rural hospitals in North Carolina can expect to see millions of dollars more because of an expansion of the rural hospital initiative.
The state treasurer's office said growing reimbursement rates mean an extra $52 million for rural facilities that treat state health plan members.
The state health plan provides coverage to state employees, lawmakers, state university personnel and more than 700,000 teachers.
“It looks like it would give us better access and maybe some better service delivery and more choices for our employees. And that's what we want for our employees. If that can happen with health care, we think that would be a good thing,” Haywood County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte said.
Beginning in January 2020, the plan will move away from a commercial-based payment model to a reference-based government pricing model tied to Medicare rates. This is intended to provide more transparency.