In the minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

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Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Roger Dumbeck, Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Pat Richardson, and Vonni Mulroney. With all present Wednesday the board:

  • QUALITY: Heard presentations on emergency preparedness and data collection standards and measures. New measures included on the organizational scorecard tie to the strategic plan implemented this year.


  • E-PRESCRIBE: Discussed new standard mandated by Medicare to some qualifying providers to e-prescribe or pay a penalty. The hospital district is a non-mandated provider so will not be penalized. Although the mandate is not in effect about 50 percent of providers use e-prescriptions. The new meaningful use standards and the new Electronic Health Record standards will require all providers to begin e-prescribe, CEO Andrew Craigie said.


  • HUGS AUXILIARY: Approved requests from the auxiliary for $83.63 to purchase extra Bingo cards, and $96.72 for the purchase of bark. Unanimous.


  • RESIDENT COUNCIL: Learned there was good attendance at the last meeting. Board member Evanson said there were fairly routine opinions about food. One resident voiced concern about lights being left on during the day. There was also concern expressed about temperature regulation.


  • MEDICAL STAFF: Learned the medical staff will comment on a new policy for transcription. The objective of the policy is to minimize variability in the transcription process.

  • CLINIC: Learned about 95 percent of patient slots for May were filled. Also learned providers are making up for the shortage of one provider.

  • FINANCE: Learned accounts receivable are down to 55 days. Revenue is about 8 percent over budget and expenses down about 4 percent to date. The district is showing a bottom line of a negative $125,000 mostly due to contractual write-offs and uncompensated care.


  • BUDGET IMPACT: Learned the state budget cuts will impact the district by a decrease of $125,00 in revenue. The decreased Medicaid rates will impact the long term care facility, physical therapy, emergency room and clinic.


  • TUB ROOM: Learned all documentation has been submitted to the State Facilities Licensing at the state Department of Health regarding the infection control plan during construction and the functional plan of the installation.


  • ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: Learned the task force sent out a specific list of needs, and received five responses. Three potential vendors have been identified from the responses.

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