CCMH BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSIDER CLOSING BEHAVORIAL HEALTH UNIT
(Atlantic) The future of the Cass County Health Systems Behavioral Health Unit is unknown. The issue was the main topic of discussion at Wednesday’s Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustee meeting.
“It is a very difficult decision and our board has been struggling with this for the past year,” stated Pat Markham, Cass County Memorial Hospital Administrator.
“The reason it is being discussed is once we became a critical access hospital, inpatient behavioral services are an impediment for our facility,” said Markham.“Because those are not reimbursed on a cost basis like our other services. Medicare pays for only about 62-percent of the cost of what is billed for those services.”
Markham says last year the unit lost $500,000, plus the current Behavioral Health Center is being demolished as part of the Hospital’s $21 million renovation project.
Markharm said, “When our board looks at it and we lose $500,000, and they look at the Cass County residents that use the service, they start wondering where their fiscal responsibility is compared to their community service piece.
In 2010, there were 252 total admissions, only 92 Cass County residents, and 160 non-residents.
Markham says the board has not a made any type of decision as of yet, and the discussion will continue.
July 21, 2011