by Dave O'BrienReporterRavenna -- Although the amount is not known yet, Robinson Memorial Hospital stands to receive a portion of a $79 million judgment against Medicare and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently granted summary judgment in the amount of $79 million before interest to 25 Ohio hospitals, including Robinson Memorial, Cuyahoga Falls General and Alliance Community Hospital, in the case of Adena et al v. Leavitt.The decision resolved a dispute between the hospitals and the federal government over how to calculate "disproportionate share" payments to Ohio hospitals. These are payments that adjust a hospital's Medicare rates based mainly on how many indigent patients the hospital serves, according to Rod Hughes, public relations counsel for the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Reed Smith LLP.The federal government argued indigent patients counted in the disproportionate share payments must be eligible for Medicaid, the joint state and federal insurance program for low-income families, while the hospitals argued patients receiving assistance from the hospital care assurance program for indigent persons also must be counted.The federal court agreed with the hospitals, saying the HCAP program was approved under the provisions of the federal Social Security Act, Reed Smith said in a statement.RMH doesn't know how much it may get from the case, according to Christine Isenberg, director of marketing and public relations.Medicare specifically covers people over age 65 or those who fit special criteria for health benefits.Isenberg said the case was filed in the 1990s and went through many appeals before judgment was rendered. The hospital does not know how its share of the judgment will be calculated after attorney fees and once the money is divided among the plaintiffs."It could be weeks before we know how much," Isenberg said, adding hospital officials were surprised by the announcement that the case had been resolved.Editor's note: O'Brien is a reporter for the Record-Courier.