Genesis Receives New Federal Designation

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A new designation will bring more federal resources to the Genesis Health Care System.

Senator Sherrod Brown announced Tuesday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has labeled Genesis as a Sole Community Hospital.

The SCH designation allows the hospital to receive increased Medicare reimbursement, resulting in $6 million more revenue.

According to a press release, Genesis was set to lose more than $6 million in annual Medicare reimbursements under a formula that measures wage rates for a metropolitan area.

The SCH status is available to hospitals which are 35 miles from other like hospitals or are located in a rural area and meet special criteria. Genesis applied for the designation in October of 2010 as a rural hospital.