Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Front Page

January 23, 2014

PVGH progress update shows promise — The progress will for the foreseeable future seem more like a trickle than anything else when it comes to recovery at Pauls Valley General Hospital.

However, for those like PVGH CEO Jim Clough, that trickle can become a flow after several months of adjustments, made one small step at a time.

During a report given during the most recent PV Hospital Authority meeting, the steps are already being explored as managing partner NewLight Healthcare continues to bring outside parties with the appropriate experience.

“What I’m trying to figure out is how do we stop the losses and get things going in the other direction,” said Clough. “We finally got some numbers to work with.”

Along with the attempts to continue to better direct the revenue cycle, the plans to get the surgery department going again is still awaiting for proper approval at the state level and experienced another delay, according to Clough.

They discovered their plan of correction needed some more detailed information before it can be approved and while that is being taken care of, they will work on other preparation to bring back surgery like bringing in help for nurses that work that department as well as an experienced surgical tech.

On the financial side of things, the hospital recently hired a Chief Financial Officer, Dale Semar, to further analyze how to take care of the continuing debt problems.

One of the items he has so far helped determine causes struggles for the medical facility is accurately accounting in areas like contractual allowances, which is the differences between what is billed for services and what is paid to the hospital by Medicare and Medicaid as well as the insurance companies.

Clough mentioned how each time services are rendered there is a percentage that is always going to be debt.

Yet, he noted how making up for what is lost and turning it backs to revenue overall may be a matter of making adjustments as small as a few percentage points.

During the presentation by Clough, he used a recent period of time, July through December, as an example to show how much one could save even with minor adjustments in their accounting practices, which could involve cutting where they have room to cut.

In that time frame, he noted how more focused accounting practices could take some of what has been counted as lost until now and use that toward revenue.

“What that would do is that would increase your net revenue,” said Clough, mentioning one example where a loss of $1.8 million could be reduced to $640,000 by updating billing practices. “Dale’s working on some things… maybe five to eight percent on the contractual bad debt side.”

Additional good news is that they may be able to improve in other identified areas like their technology infrastructure, which Clough stated was shaky, by putting in an up to date fiber optic network through assistance programs.

This would mean better communication between departments in the hospital and speed up the delivery of vital information during and after patient treatment.

Clough pointed out how this ultimately allows more money to be available for the improvements they need.

“When I told you I’m optimistic about the opportunity to turn this hospital around I think we have a really solid basis to be optimistic to do that,” said Clough.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but the opportunity to make those impacts are there and with hard work and willpower we can get that done.”

Editor’s note: Additional updates on the hospital’s current status like the approval of a new billing system will be featured in a future edition of the Democrat.

Text Only
Local News
  • Oneta K. Goss

    Oneta K. Goss of Pauls Valley passed away April 4, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 90 years.

    April 8, 2014

  • Gary Don Parkey

    Gary Don Parkey, 69, of Paoli, Oklahoma was born May 31, 1944 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Harold “John” and Charolette Parkey, and entered this life on April 4, 2014.

    April 8, 2014

  • Carl Lloyd White

    Carl Lloyd White, 76, of Maysville was born April 17, 1937 in Garvin Springs, Okla., to Archie Aaron White and Hazel Mae (Jensen) White. He passed away April 2, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

    April 8, 2014

  • Larry E. Morris

    Larry E. Morris, 59, of Lindsay was born Aug. 2, 1954 and passed away April 2, 2014 in Hennessey, Okla.

    April 6, 2014

Community News
State News

"Speedy" the chihuahua was reunited with his Oklahoma City family thanks to a microchip after missing for two years.

Business Marquee
Entertainment Reviews
Rio 2 Poster

Poster for "Rio 2," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater in Pauls Valley.

  • ‘Rio 2’ average effort, but still a family win

    Though Hollywood will never truly abandon milking characters for franchises well past the expiration date, I will say that even the most mediocre series seems to be getting at least more tolerable than in the past.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Raw: Crowds Rally at '420' Celebration in Denver Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier Transcript Reveals Confusion in Ferry Evacuation Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing