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Wednesday, September 17 • 9:30am - 10:20am
Hanging by a chad…What you will be doing more of in the Future: The Highest ROI Service Line to Hit Rural America Since the Plow

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Session Description
Rural hospitals are closing at a remarkable rate never before seen. As of May 2014, 20 rural hospitals have closed their doors due to cash flow exhaustion. This presentation will provide both a case study of 5 facilities in Mississippi and Oklahoma to include both PPS and CAH designation but also how they used their local community to feed and flourish their hospitals with a designated outpatient IV infusion program among others. The keys to a successful evaluation analysis, program development (Gantt Chart), staffing and referral development, and finally, the ability to determine both the financial and clinical impact of the program. The methodology is easily transitioned to many other types of service lines such as vein, headache, wound care, and others. Many outpatient service lines can utilize that same space, labor, and overhead to minimize expense. Patients, all too often, are not moving into your market area, thus hospitals must provide a broad outpatient service offering to keep their patients local and not driving hours to the "Big" city. Many hospitals are literally, "Hanging by a chad", this level of creative thinking will open new or improved revenue streams that will begin flowing within weeks after the go-forward decision is made.


Mitchell Berenson, MPH

Mitchell Berenson has spent 20 years creating an evidence-based health care culture. Mitchell completed his Public Health Masters in Health Policy and Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma with post graduate fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He spent time with the Peace Corp in Togo, Africa evaluating their rural models. He has worked for heath systems across America in a myriad of roles from CEO to actuary. As a 2014 NRHA Fellow... Read More →

Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J

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