Business and healthcare leaders from Carroll County met today at Carroll County Memorial Hospital for a roundtable discussion on Medicaid Reform and Senate Bill 419. SB419 which was debated in committee Thursday morning reforms Medicaid in Missouri by reducing waste, fraud and abuse, focusing on Missouri solutions for Missouri specific issues, promotes personal responsibility and ensures the quality of care.
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CCMH was able to implement a Career Advancement Program for Professional Nurses through a grant with the Missouri Hospital Association. The career ladder was rolled out in April of 2014. After hard work and dedication to the Nursing Profession, CCMH, our patients, and our community, I am pleased to announce that Mikki Sue Ford has successfully challenged the Career Ladder and is an RN 2!
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Carroll County Memorial Hospital honors the outstanding performance of a team member.
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Carroll County Memorial Hospital was the setting for a panel discussion by the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services on Tuesday, June 19. This is a national organization that conducted a site visit at CCMH and discussed the impact of health care infrastructure changes on rural communities.
The panel, consisting of a diverse group of physicians, hospital administrators and researchers, was appointed by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. They are charged with advising the Secretary on current health issues, with a special focus on rural facilities, stated Aaron Wingad, spokesman for the group.
“We are trying to get to different regions of the country,” he added, “especially ones that are relevent to people in rural areas.
“With the advent of health reform changes, they hope to narrow down specifics, such as the problem of how the government will pay for rural health services and what should rural healthcare look like.”
CCMH was recommended by the Missouri Hospital Association and for participation in the panel discussion and interviewed with the Department of Rural Health.
Regional hospitals represented at the meeting were from Fairfax, Sullivan County, Chillicothe, Marshall, Hermann and Sedalia.
“The committee was seeking input on rules and regulations as they pertain to the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Sole Community Provider (SCP) facilities,” stated Shannon Jordan, COO at CCMH. “This committee is faced with providing a position on the recommended $6 billion savings by eliminating special designation of CAH. Participants provided a harsh reality of the impact on rural communities that these facilities serve.”
Wingad stated that the group hoped to reach out to stakeholders in small communities, to work together to write policy that will protect rural communities, making sure they have acces to quality health services.
At the panel, members addressed two main questions: “How should the Secretary determine what special payment designations are truly essential and what factors should drive this determination to ensure access to care” and “Given that some changes may be inevitable, are there alternative ways to deliver essential services in rural areas.”
“We want to protect access to rural health facilities and give a rural voice as we develop policies,” Wingad added.
A similar group traveled to Hiawatha, KS, and Ottawa, KS, on the same day to meet with regional hospital personnel in those areas.
by Janet Zullig