County pushes on Weems employee benefits

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM.

He said the two clinics have posted a $44,192 profit year-to-date, with the one in Carrabelle about twice as busy as the one in Apalachicola. Graham said the clinic in Carrabelle is seeing about 25 patients a day, and the Apalachicola one about 12.

Graham responded to a question from Commissioner Pinki Jackel that billings are being sent out “sometimes in a timely manner and sometimes they’re not. We’re diligently working on that.”

The CFO stressed that a key indicator - the entire revenue on an adjusted per-patient basis -  you can see is up 16 percent over 2013. “Overall things are getting better,” Graham said, “That’s a pretty good increase for a year, a really good progress from one year to the next.”

He said Weems has made a change in the collection company responsible for ambulance charges and that “it is hard to tell” what type of improvement there will be. “It’s too early to tell you a real number you can hang your hat on,” Graham said.

He said success with collections is “pretty much at the mercy of your patient mix. As time goes on that will be a better ratio of the numbers. Sometimes it will take a year, maybe two, to get a physician in and established and get their practice as they want it. You can’t rush it.”

The hospital has about $545,000 cash on hand, about 27 days worth, he said, noting that 20 percent of patients are on Medicare, 10 percent on Medicaid, and the rest self-pay.

“That’s why reserves are 70 percent,” Graham said. “We’re maybe collecting less than 10 percent of all the self pays.”

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