Medicare Guidelines News Release

Eugene City Hospital Responds to New Medicare Policy to Determine Patient Admission

Eugene, OR – April 25, 2018 – On Monday, April 30, Eugene City Hospital becomes the first to implement admission regulations in response to new federal guidelines from Medicare. These guidelines require each patient to undergo an examination by an admissions nurse prior to hospitalization. This will be monitored for compliance by the local Medicare agency, the Oregon Medical Professional Review Organization.

“However, if a physician determines medical need, no Medicare patient will be denied admission to Eugene City Hospital,” said ECH Administrator John Mitchell. Medicare has imposed these new guidelines as a way to “determine the payment source for medical patients prior to their admission,” he said.

Medicare patients must meet new criteria to determine the severity of their illness and intensity of service. For patients who may not meet these new guidelines for hospitalization, ECH provides a Medicare-certified home health care program, hospice program, and discharge planning service.

According to Medicare, approximately 60 of 1500 patients seen annually may be affected. For more information, contact the Eugene City Hospital Administrator John Mitchell with any questions or concerns.