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Donation policy approved

Continuing discussions from previous meetings, Lake Health District’s board of directors recently approved a draft policy addressing donation requests.

The board took the action during their Thursday, Jan. 9, regular business meeting.

Prior to approving the policy, the board discussed language contained within the draft, which included verbiage addressing tax exempt status, sports programs and contribution to political candidates.

The policy was prompted by recent discussions pertaining to donation requests from the local community.

Board member Judy Graham suggested the district should provide its support for projects that fit in with the core mission of the health district.

Graham also noted that blanket ‘yes and no’ policy language shouldn’t be integrated on the basis of the unknowns associated with donation requests the district may receive.

Under the action item of medical privileges, Family Nurse Practitioner Rosanne Fitzgerald received board approval for initial medical privileges, while three other medical professionals received renewal of privileges.  The latter included Vishal Verma, MD, teleradiology, Jason Shou, MD, teleradiology and Jason M. Conaughty, MD, orthopedic surgery.

Lake District Hospital CEO Charlie Tveit provided an update on the Coordinated Care Organization transition. His talk during this meeting focused on a risk pool membership model, which predicts the risk of certain services based upon a variety of factors.

Lake County’s Medicaid patients represent about 1,200 members or 3.5 percent of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) pool.

The primary purpose of this model is to provide an incentive for reducing costs through the reduction of health issues, Tveit said.

Part of the goal of the CCO concept is to reduce the cost of health care through an increased emphasis on prevention measures.

Other subjects Tveit broached included a brief update on a construction contract for an on-site MRI machine and the now-operational geothermal heating system.

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