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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The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) released this week a report that illustrates the equivalent value of the $2 billion in federal dollars that will not come to Missouri in 2014 because of the inaction by the Missouri General Assembly in 2013 to reform Medicaid. This is an initiative again during this legislative session.
The report outlines the impact if the state doesn’t extend coverage this year, taxpayer dollars from Missouri will again go to other states next year to improve their health and health care systems while the costs of the uninsured are shifted to businesses and individuals. The report illustrates that in Missouri, $2 billion equals the following:
The report goes on to quantify the value of $2 billion in common treatments and interventions:
The report is intended to educate Missourians about the importance of action by the General Assembly this year. Missouri workers, businesses and health care providers can’t afford to wait another year.
Jeff Tindle, Chief Operating Officer of Carroll County Memorial Hospital, shared the local impact of this financial struggle, "As a small rural hospital, every dollar matters. No one can afford to throw away money but this is especially true for those of us in rural America. Like or dislike the current administration, the fact is Carroll County Memorial Hospital treats patients every day that we are not able to get paid for our services and supplies rendered. Many of those patients will qualify for the Medicaid expansion program that the federal government is assisting states establish. Why Missouri Legislators are not creating a way to participate and receive these funds if puzzling to those of us trying to manage healthcare systems. The impact of these dollars not being received by Missouri are pretty amazing."