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Continued: Rural hospitals in Minnesota protest Blue Cross reimbursement cut

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 29, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Gerlach said he first learned of the change on Feb. 1 and has written three letters asking Blue Cross to extend the deadline to Jan. 1 for more time to absorb the blow.

“There’s no negotiation going on,” he said. “They said this is the new system, we’re going to do it.”

Kimber Wraalstad, administrator of Cook County North Shore Hospital, said Blue Cross officials estimated the Grand Marais facility would see a 12 percent reduction, or about $275,000.

“They’re saying we want to pay you the same as what we pay people in the metro area,” she said. “ I don’t have the same volume that Twin Cities hospitals have.

“What they’re proposing, frankly, would be devastating to our organization.”

 

Jackie Crosby • 612-673-7335

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