Retaining services was a key component in entering into the contract, said Ben Hobbs, chairman of the board of trustees for Tipton Hospital.
Before entering into a contract with Clarian
10 years ago, Hobbs
said the small county hospital had little leverage when it came to negotiating contracts with insurance companies or bringing in physicians and specialists.
"We had rising costs and decreasing reimbursement," Hobbs
While the hospital is technically owned by the county, Hobbs
said the hospital has never used taxpayer dollars for funding.It has been self-sustaining.As a smaller hospital, Hobbs
worried about the leverage it would have concerning Medicaid and Medicare, as well as other aspects of the hospital.He
infused $1 million of capital into the hospital for information technology system upgrades.