Lake Health District’s board of directors approved transferring the Long Term Care unit’s license from the Lake District Hospital over to the district’s Alturas, Calif.-based Goose Lake Medical Services Clinic.
Lake District Hospital CEO Charlie Tveit explained to the board that the transfer would involve a two-month application process through the state. The primary reason for the pursuit is to address the district’s cost-based reimbursement through Medicare.
The transfer of the license will afford improved reimbursement to the district through separation of the nursing home and hospital, Tveit said. The board has had periodic discussions on this proposal over the past several months.
An auditor report by the firm Moss Adams estimated an annual savings of $250,000 to the district, Tveit said.
The firm also confirmed that this practice would be a viable and successful move for the district, he said, citing a similar action by another Oregon hospital.
At the start of the meeting, the board enjoyed a brief tour of the recently-installed fixed/on-site MRI unit, led by Tveit.
Other additions now in place at the hospital include a new espresso/coffee bar in the main lobby entrance.
Medical staff privileges were approved for urology staff in the form of initial privileges, while renewed privileges were approved in teleradiology.
The board also discussed the hospital’s smoke-free campus status, in place since this past May. Linda Michaelson spoke on behalf of the program’s success, noting positive impacts, though cameras have caught a few “cheaters” in and around the campus.
On a related note, Tveit told that Janine Brown is the recipient of the district’s $500 cash incentive, having remained smoke-free for six months.
“This has made a huge difference, and it’s really important,” Tveit said.
During his CEO report, Tveit also noted one of the hospital’s conference rooms recently being named after the late renowned physician Dr. William Strieby.