A Medicaid reimbursement issue affecting the John R. Marsh Cancer Center in Washington County apparently has been resolved.
This was the second straight year Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, presented a bill trying to fix what was seen as technical language that hurt the center.
Donoghue’s bill would make a “provider-based outpatient oncology center” eligible for reimbursement at a percentage of the applicable Medicare rate.
To qualify, a center has to be associated with a hospital, but off the site.
Last year, when the same bill was introduced, Raymond A. Grahe, Meritus Health’s vice president for financial services, said the cancer center had $2.6 million in charges in the previous six years that were considered “charity care” because the system wasn’t reimbursed.
The House Health and Government Operations Committee heard the bill last year, but Donoghue later withdrew it after hearing that the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had worked out a solution.