CCMH is celebrating our "Rock Stars of healthcare”-that’s the theme for this year’s National Hospital Week, May 10-16, 2015. It celebrates the men and women who, day in and day out, remain committed to improving the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication. This is the annual opportunity to thank the dedicated individuals—physicians, therapist, technologist, nurses, support staff, volunteers, administrators and so many more—for their commitment. It’s also a great time for us to tell the hospital story and publicly reinforce the vital role hospitals play in their community’s overall health, which extends far beyond strictly providing medical care.
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CCMH will host their annual blood drive on Thursday, May 14th from 11:30 - 3 p.m. Community Blood Bank from Kansas City is making appointments online at savealifenow.org by clicking the "Schedule an Appointment" icon and enter sponsor code CARROLLCMH.
The event will be located at CCMH in the Jefferson Park dining room. You can enter through the Senior Center doors. CCMH will be providing a shuttle service as a courtesy to take you to and from your car.
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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 one year of hard work and dedication to the Nursing Profession, CCMH, our patients, and our community, I am pleased to announce that Becky Cook has successfully challenged the Career Ladder and is an RN 2!
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Beginning October 1, Medicare has placed a limit on outpatient physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy services in nursing homes, outpatient clinics and some hospital departments.
However, this cap does not apply to Carroll County Memorial Hospital, since it is classified as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).
Patients will likely be receiving a Therapy Cap Beneficiary letter notifying them of the year-to-date benefits paid by Medicare for Rehabilitation services rendered in 2012, and the amount of benefit remaining. There is an exception process for the non-CAH facilities until the end of 2012, but after that, it is a hard cap unless this ruling is rescinded.
“We are trying to educate our patients, physicians and staff on this issue,” stated Nancy Lock, Director of Rehabilitation Services at CCMH. “We will be glad to answer questions about this issue and who and how they will be affected.”
The cap is for $1,880 for physical therapy (PT) and speech therapy (ST) combined for a calendar year and an additional benefit of $1,880 $1,880 for occupational therapy (OT) for a calendar year.
“This can be easily reached in one significant episode,” she added. “At this time it is irrelevant to Medicare if an additional injury or illness occurs inthe same year.”