County plans scaled down Weems expansion

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 19:27 PM.

The CEO said plans are to look also into possible financing through private channels, or from the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development. Application would be made within six months, he said, with construction completed sometime in 2016.

Brownsworth said of the money currently earmarked for capital improvements out of the one-cent health care sales tax, about 90 percent of the $57,000 monthly infusion would go towards paying off construction debt. Another $10,000 is spent each month on funding the clinic services.


In search of a new provider

The infrastructure plans come at a time of changes within the Weems West clinic. Susan Hardin, the advanced registered nurse practitioner has had to step aside due to a decision by Medicare to no longer allow her to bill for her ARNP services.

Brownsworth said Medicare’s decision came because of a “technical violation” that Hardin had not completed the necessary master’s level courses mandated as of 2002. He said Hardin, fully licensed as an ARNP since 1995, remains in good standing as a practitioner.

The problem is she believed herself to be grandfathered in when the rule change was made a decade ago, Brownsworth said, and Medicare did not indicate a problem over the last 11 years.

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