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September 16, 2008

Commissioner Establishes Rate Increases for FY 2009 Hospital Budgets

Montpelier, VT -- Paulette J. Thabault, Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and

Health Care Administration (BISHCA), announced that she has established the 2009 budgets for

Vermont hospitals. The hospitals testified about their budgets at public hearings held over a

three-day period before Commissioner Thabault and the Public Oversight Commission (POC).

The Vermont hospital fiscal year for 2009 runs from October 1, 2008 through September 30,

2009.

The State of Vermont strives to ensure that all residents have access to affordable high quality

health care. As part of this effort, Vermont’s hospitals must operate within the budgets

established by the Commissioner. As mandated by the Vermont Legislature, hospital budgets

must: (1) be consistent with the Health Resource Allocation Plan adopted by the Governor on

August 2, 2005; (2) compare to appropriate national, in-state, regional and peer group norms; (3)

evidence efficient and economic operation of the hospital; and (4) reflect budget performance in

prior years.

This year, hospitals requested an average 9.8 rate increase, although individual hospital rate

requests ranged from 3.8 to 11.8. These rates reflected much lower hospital reimbursement

estimates than have been seen in recent years. At this time, the Commissioner’s decisions result

in a decrease from the requested 9.8 system average rate increase to 9.5. The Commissioner

established the following rates for the FY 2009 hospital budgets, subject to further adjustments

as Medicaid revenue data becomes available:

Requested

Rate Increase

Revised

Rate Increase

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital 7.9 7.5

Central Vermont Medical Center 10.0 9.6

Copley Hospital 6.0 6.0

Fletcher Allen Health Care 10.0 10.0

Gifford Medical Center 8.6 7.9

Carlos Otis Health Center 5.0 5.0

Mount Ascutney Hospital 10.9 10.5

North Country Hospital 7.0 7.0

Northeastern VT Regional Hospital 10.0 9.2

Northwestern Medical Center 11.4 10.7

Porter Medical Center 11.2 11.0

Rutland Regional Medical Center 10.9 9.6

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 11.8 10.7

Springfield Hospital 3.8 3.8

The Commissioner balanced numerous factors in reviewing the proposed budgets: department

targets for inflation and utilization increases, numerous changes occurring in reimbursement,

pressures in the overall economy including fuel oil increases, new program expense increases,

hospital physician acquisitions, the challenges associated with recruiting medical professionals to

Vermont, operating surplus and margins, prior period budget performance, price, quality and

patient satisfaction information, and the unique circumstances of each hospital.

For more information, call Michael Davis at the Division of Health Care Administration at

(802) 828-2989.

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Source: Banking, Insurance, Securities Health Care Administration
Last Updated at: September 16, 2008 16:21:40