During this week’s regular meeting of the Jackson County Memorial Hospitals Board of Trustees meeting, Nancy Davidson reported on the IRS litigation from 2004 in which employees leased to the Health Care Corporation, working at Tamarack Retirement Center, couldn’t be exempt from FICA. On Sept. 6, 2013 the federal district court ruled in favor of JCMH.
Also during the meeeting, Teri Stubbs presented the annual HIPAA training to the Trustees, as well as gave an update on the RAC audits, at Monday’s meeting. RAC is a Medicare fee-for-service Recovery Audit Contractor program that began in 2010. JCMH has received 868 requests for records totaling over $4 million. JCMH has a 93% success rate for appeals at the ALJ level. The national average success rate is 72%.
Jim King presented the highlights from the Performance Improvement Council meeting that was held on Sept. 4, and the board approved the annual review of the Risk Management Plan as presented.
Michelle Ford then reported the outreach clinics contributed a total of 252 admissions and 131 outpatient surgeries to JCMH for the month of August. Bill Wilson reported on physician recruitment activity. Recruitment efforts continue to be focused in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Fixed Assets from Funded Depreciation and Designated Funds to Funded Depreciation were approved in the amount of $76,722.65.
The board then discussed and approved the proposed changes to the JCMH Health Plan to be effective Jan. 1, 2014. There will be no change in the employee only premium, a 5% increase for employee + one and a 10% increase for family coverage. Changes were also made in the employee prescription plan regarding co-pays and deductibles.
The board voted to move the December board meeting to Dec. 16.
The board approved to allow the CEO to pursue and implement appropriate legal structure to manage Home Care/Hospice services with Duncan Regional Hospital and Comanche County Memorial Hospital to enhance services for southwest Oklahoma with the understanding that the final operating agreement will be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees.
Dr. M. George Zakhary, Chief of Staff, reported from the JCMH Medical Staff Executive Committee meeting that was held on Sept. 9. The Board approved the recommendations for: Initial Appointment Carlos Cabrera, DO – Emergency Medicine, Courtesy Staff Randall Henderson, DO – Emergency Medicine, Courtesy Staff Reappointment: Willard Perez, MD – Internal Medicine, Active Staff Jessica Poe, APRN-CRNA – Anesthesia, Affiliate Staff.
Davidson presented the financials for the month of August which resulted in a net loss of $639,057 and a year to date net loss of $779,945. The board then went in to executive session before adjourning. In executive session, King gave the Risk Management Report on behalf of Mary Hanan, attorney.