Trauma centers facing high uncompensated costs may see some financial relief if a bill introduced in the Senate becomes law.
The National Trauma Care Stabilization Act (S 2319 [http://thomas.loc.gov]), introduced November 7, authorizes grants totaling $100 million for fiscal year 2009 and “such sums as necessary” for years 2010-2014 for trauma centers facing substantial uncompensated care, for day-to-day costs associated with running such a facility,
and for emergency relief for centers at risk of closing or experiencing increased patient loads because another center in a region has closed or downgraded its operations.
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