Administrator’s Bi-Weekly Review of July 9 – Plus “COVID UPDATE #61” 

 Continued Dedicated Service to Our Community
Administrator’s Bi-Weekly Review
Pay Period Ending July 9 – Plus “COVID UPDATE #61”  

The bane of a pandemic is once again drawing heightened attention for our employees and citizens of Morris County – I hate that it is again a lead-in to this report. The recent distribution of tens of thousands of take home testing kits has no doubt skewed how we are tracking and accounting for the sheer numbers of positive cases State-wide, and certainly the overall positivity rate that has been a key metric over the past 2.5 years. Until recently, what had been a tightly monitored logging process of COVID activity, is now a much less accurate account of the same. What we do know is that positive cases have jumped way up in the past 2-3 weeks, with a new strain that is contagious but apparently not as severe in its disruption of health. Unfortunately our infected healthcare workers have had to be quarantined from working and the lost hours have taxed our system. But fortunately most are back at work feeling ok after five-six days!! If you have any cold like symptoms, then you should practice spacing and wear a mask to protect others from your possible infection. And take home test kits are available at our MCH Medical Clinic, if you’d like to have available at home in case symptoms arise.

The other main event of the past couple of weeks has been the continued adaptation to Cerner, and in taking the more methodical efforts needed, prior to delivering the care in the ways to which we are accustomed. The extra time per encounter is tedious but will mostly be attached to the first time patients are registered in Cerner after having activity in the earlier software. Change is never fun…unless you look ahead a few weeks and think of what things will look like then! A good sign regarding our new EHR is that we have already filed claims through Cerner…and some of them have even been paid by insurance! I have never seen that happen this fast following a Go-Live date! That is good news for our organization as well as for the patients we serve. Thanks are deserved for our Rev Cycle Team!!

I want to apologize to our customers who have counted on Convenient Care option to ER the past couple of weeks. We are making progress on how we will re-roll this service back out, and hopefully it will be around or before the first of August. Thank you for your patience.

I again wish to thank all of you who assist in encouraging our area residents to turn to MCH for their healthcare needs. Sure would like to see our green numbers below climb again. Have a great next two weeks!!

Thank you,
Kevin A. Leeper, CEO
Morris County Hospital
600 N, Washington St.
Council Grove, KS 66846
620-767-6811  x146

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