Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong

ACRMC headed in ‘right direction’

The Adams County Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees held a public meeting July 28 and spoke about a number of topics concerning the hospital.

“From a financial standpoint and an operational standpoint we’re trending in the right direction,” Adams County Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Roland Gee said.

The year of 2015 has been very good the to ACRMC from a financial standpoint. From January to June the hospital saw rises in income each month and the hospital is far ahead of where they were a year ago.

“Six months in, six strong months so far,” ACRMC Chief Financial Officer Pete Dagenbach said. “We’ve seen rises for six consecutive months. June had a $142,000 net income. We are $1.2 million ahead from where we were at this point last year which is something everyone in this room should take some pride in.”

ACRMC has been able to achieve their financial success despite preforming fewer surgeries as they did last year. The board said their plans are to have surgeons perform more duties so as to not have them sitting on their hands.

“Surgeries have been down about 19 percent,” Dagenbach said. “We’re currently addressing this. We’re going to start having some surgeons either start to do cases or actually expanding their practices to accommodate more patients.”

Those patients will also be going through a new initial process of information gathering upon admission according to the board. The ACRMC has partnered with a Columbus group called CrossChx that takes fingerprints as part of a person’s medical file. The board says they are implementing this believing this cut down on medical fraud and mistakes with people with common names.

“Patients will be asked to register their fingerprint in our system,” ACRMC Chief Nursing Officer Rachel Cummings said. “It will have their fingerprint data along with their medical records so they don’t have duplicate medical records. Also it protects them from insurance fraud. So it just helps to make sure we can identify the correct patient so we don’t get mixed up with someone with the same name but different birth date kind of thing.”

A message asking for comment about privacy concerns of fingerprinting patients or course of action if a patient doesn’t wish to be fingerprinted were not returned in time for this issue.

The board also discussed ICD 10, which is a different classification system of diseases and injuries medical staff will have to familiarize themselves with quickly. The new system goes in place on Oct. 1 and will be included in all diagnoses in the future.

“This is basically the biggest change in medical coding in the last 30 years,” Dagenbach said. “This requires a very specific level of detail. Doctors are going to need to give an increased level of documentation. We’re expecting a lot of back and forth between our coders and doctors.”

Dagenbach said this change shouldn’t affect patient treatment, but may cause a delay in reimbursement for the hospital.

“It’s going to be a cash flow time issue to get reimbursed,” Dagenbach said. “We’re going to be really reliant on our physicians. Not only are we going to be relying on our coders to get to know the new code we’re going to be relying on our physicians to get us that information.”

Doctors are being given online training on ICD 10, which they can take during their own leisure.

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By Charles Grove

cgrove@civitasmedia.com

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