On May 23, the District Board of the Copper Basin Medical Center voted to dissolve the Corporate Board. Two Boards govern the Copper Basin Medical Center – the Corporate Board and the District Board. District Board Chair Doug Collins scheduled the special- called meeting for the sole purpose of voting to dissolve the Corporate Board. Mr. Collins also serves as a representative on the Corporate Board. District Board members agreed that dissolving the Corporate Board will bring more transparency to the administration of Copper Basin Medical Center, especially in the area of financial responsibility.
The District Board decided to take over all of the decision making responsibilities in an attempt to stay ahead of financial meltdown of Copper Basin Medical Center. District Board Chair, Doug Collins, is also Mayor of Ducktown, TN. He has realized that if Copper Basin Medical Center is unable to pay its bills, then the unpaid bills become the liability of Polk County city and county governments. This means each city and the county could be responsible for splitting approximately $1 million in unpaid hospital bills, an expense that no government in the county can afford.
The easiest metaphor to understand the difference between these two boards is that the District Board acts like a landlord seeking out tenets, in this case medical services providers, to rent the hospital facility. The Corporate Board, on the other hand, administers the day-to-day functions of Copper Basin Medical Center. All members of the District Board are appointed by local government officers. The members of the board are local citizens who do not work for the hospital. The Corporate Board has hospital staff among its members. The District Board meetings are open to the public. The Corporate Board meetings are closed to the public.
The District Board for the Copper Basin Medical Center will hold its monthly meeting this evening, May 24th, at 5:30 pm.
Voting to dissolve the Corporate Board was not the only item on the agenda last night. Also present were current and former employees including many from the ER department. Two ER doctors were also there. Heated discussion went back and forth about when ER doctors should accept and treat Emergency Room patients as well as billing for ER services. ER staff and doctors believe that the medical bill coding company hired by the Corporate Board is not performing well. This is causing the hospital to lose money because the insurance companies are not reimbursing the hospital for services provided.
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