Budget Writers Tour Rural Hospitals in Southeast Georgia

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HomeTown Health, LLC recently completed a two day Budget Writer tour through Southeast Georgia. HomeTown Health was accompanied by budget writers from the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Office of Planning for the purpose of hearing the needs of rural hospitals.

Budget Writer's Field trip at Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia

Budget Writer's Field trip at Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia

with the purpose of visiting rural hospitals to see physical operations, learn about their economic impact in rural Georgia communities, as well as hear about the challenges they face with the cuts to reimbursement from the state and federal level.

HomeTown Health, LLC recently completed a two day Budget Writer tour through Southeast Georgia. HomeTown Health accompanied budget writers from the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Office of Planning with the purpose of visiting rural hospitals to see physical operations, learn about their economic impact in rural Georgia communities, as well as hear about the challenges they face with the cuts to reimbursement from the state and federal level. The traveling party includes Blake Fulenwider, Health Policy Advisor to Governor Deal, Debbie Dlugolenski, Georgia State CFO and Director of OPB and Stefanie Papps, OPB Policy Analyst for the Health and Human Services Division along with HomeTown Health CEO, Jimmy Lewis and Managing Director Kathy Whitmire.

Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia was the third stop on the tour, preceded by Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville and Lower Oconee Regional Hospital in Glenwood. Senator Jack Hill joined the group in Claxton to welcome the group and also to hear the issues that were presented by Martha Tatum, CFO John Wiggins, Patient Financial Services Directors Sandra Greenway and Adam Howard. Some of the issues discussed were Hospital Provider Tax payments, Medicaid payment system conversion to Hewlett Packard (HP), Medicaid Care Management Organization (CMO) payment problems, Indigent Care Trust Fund, Physician recruiting challenges, electronic health record implementation, and top of the list was recent cuts to Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.

The second day of the trip began at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville with GA Telehealth demonstration presented by Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth at a local Community Service Board. The next stop was Appling Medical Center to meet with CEO Dale Spell and his staff to learn about their successes and challenges with Medicaid patients and State Health Benefit Plan members. Following a tour of Appling Healthcare System, hospital leaders representing Appling Healthcare, Effingham Hospital, Dodge County Hospital, Taylor Regional, Charlton Memorial, and Jeff Davis Hospital gathered together for a lunch meeting with the purpose of providing a forum for the Governor’s Office Health Policy Advisor Blake Fulenwider, Debbie Dlugolenski, Georgia State CFO and Director of OPB and Stefanie Papps, OPB Policy Analyst for the Health and Human Services Division, to hear about the problems that rural hospitals are facing with state Medicaid reimbursement and policy. Others in attendance are representatives from HomeTown Health’s business partners Draffin & Tucker, Quadax, Strategic Healthcare Partners and Pineland Mental Health.

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For More information Contact:
Kathy Whitmire,
Managing Director, HomeTown Health
kfw(at)windstream(dot)net
706-491-3493

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