Clinics Operated by Spencer Hospital Changing Designation

Three clinics owned and operated by Spencer Hospital are being reclassified as “Federally Qualified Health Centers.”

The clinics are located in Hartley, Milford and Sioux Rapids. Officials say the new “Access Health” designation will make them eligible for increased reimbursement rates from the federal government when treating Medicare and Medicaid patients, along with federal grants.

The Board of Trustees of Spencer Hospital recently voted to proceed with the new designation, which is projected to save the hospital nearly $200,000 annually. The transition is expected to be completed some time in August.

(courtesy Community First Broadcasting sister station KUOO in Spirit Lake)


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