The Duncan Banner

September 22, 2013

Big 3 team up to save costs

DRH gets green light to join with lawton, altus hospitals in hospice Management program

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Duncan Regional Hospital’s board of directors approved Thursday a proposal for a health care management services agreement that would connect them with Comanche County Memorial Hospital and the Jackson County Memorial Hospital that would save all three money in the long run.

“Ours was given the green light last night to go ahead and create a company,” said Jay Johnson, DRH CEO, on Friday.

“We work pretty closely with those two hospitals anyway and this is a joint venture to strengthen what we already do.”

Johnson said the public would not be affected by this change, which is a cost-savings measure. The idea is to have one management company oversee the hospital’s hospice and home health programs.

DRH owns Chisholm Trail Hospice and a home health program. This action would allow the three hospitals to have one person oversee all three in the area of electronic records, billing and collections.

“It’s called a management services organization. We’re buying some common things together to lower the overall costs,” Johnson said.

With the board’s approval, that puts two of the three hospitals ready to move forward. Jackson County has yet to give the go-ahead, but Johnson didn’t anticipate any issues.

CCMH had only received the go-ahead for the proposal earlier this week.

Johnson said nothing would change in the services area of these programs and that the public would not even be aware of the change. Personnel would still remain the same.

“It doesn’t change anything locally. We don’t have numbers on anticipation of savings yet. We haven’t even come up with a name yet, but we do have projections,” Johnson said. He expects to have those financial figures available in the near future.