Monday, April 27, 2020

Wellsville: Jones Memorial issues clarification to USA Today story

An article printed in USA Today focused on rural hospitals that are struggling, especially under the current pandemic. The article, which was cited by Wellsville Regional News, stated that according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jones Memorial had an operating loss of $37.6 million in 2017.
On Monday, April 27th, the hospital issued this statement regarding the story -
According to James Helms, CFO at Jones Memorial Hospital:
While we certainly appreciate bringing attention to the financial struggles of small rural hospitals like us, the data that was provided by CMS to USA Today was incorrect.
We are working with CMS to correct the data – so thanks for bringing that to our attention. The actual amount of loss in 2017 was $2,489,589 – quite a bit less than the $37.6 million cited in the USA Today article.
The original story can be found HERE.