(ATLANTIC) With no official decision made on the fate of the Behavioral Health Unit at Cass County Memorial Hospital, more questions remain.
Cass County Supervisor Chuck Rieken told County Attorney Dan Fiestner at their meeting this morning that a question was brought up asking if the County could line item tax to subsidize the Behavioral Health Unit.
“And if that was possible, if it’s legal for the County to do that without jeopardizing their licensing or whatever, if it was legal for Cass County to do that, why wouldn’t it be legal for all the other Counties that utilize the facility to have to be able to line item and subsidize back to help the loss on the cost,” said Rieken. “I don’t know that answer and I haven’t looked at the code. We need to look at the code section to see whether that’s possible or whether that is not possible, but I would guess it’s not.”
Rieken went on to say that the hospital has to accept the Medicare/Medicaid payments for full payments, so if they were to line item and subsidize, the hospital would be going against Medicare and Medicaid Rules.
Fiestner said they will get some figures together to A: see if they could even do this and B: what would the shortfall be for the County.
A motion was brought to the Hospital Board Tuesday morning to downsize the BHU from an 8 bed facility to 4 beds and no action was taken due to a tie vote by the Board of Trustees.