W.Va. hospital rate hikes approved

CHARLESTON – Camden Clark Medical Center is among 15 West Virginia hospitals approved for rate increases for 2013.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority approved the rate increases, which affect people with private insurance and those who pay out of their own pocket.

In Parkersburg, Camden Clark received approval for a 4.74 percent increase. Other raises range from as low as 1.24 percent at Bluefield Regional Medical Center to as high as 8.7 percent at Fairmont General Hospital.

Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark, said, “The Health Care Authority compares costs and charges of similar types of hospitals in the state and approved our requested increase based on that criteria.” “Camden Clark made a routine request of a 4.74 percent increase to help cover rising costs.”

Hospital administrators call the increases routine.

“It basically allows hospitals to keep up with rising costs on the other end,” said Dale Witte, spokesman for Charleston Area Medical Center. “We think it’s reasonable.”

The other rate hikes include:

* 4.3 percent at CAMC

* 3.6 percent at CAMC Teays Valley in Hurricane

* 6 percent at West Virginia University Hospitals

* 4.25 percent at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport

* 4.75 percent at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley

* 6.5 percent at Summersville Regional Hospital

* 4.58 percent at City Hospital in Martinsburg

* 5.09 percent at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling

* 5.25 percent at Williamson Memorial Hospital

* 4.24 percent at Logan Regional Hospital

* 6.97 percent at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte

* 4.75 percent at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.