County backs hospital as 'sole provider'

County backs hospital as 'sole provider'

There are 24 comments on the The Deming Headlight story from Jan 31, 2011, titled County backs hospital as 'sole provider'. In it, The Deming Headlight reports that:

Luna County's Board of Commissioners broke from tradition to adopt a standpoint of supporting the local hospital as much as possible instead of spreading money to facilities in other counties.

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residentcoemploy ee

Mesa, AZ

#22 Feb 5, 2011
hey zzzzzzz, if you know the facts and are not alarmed you must be an apologist for sutherland. the contracts with the las cruces hospitals were an invaluable tool to leverage federal money and set a cap for yearly expenses from both hospitals. the first time the county denies a legitimate claim from either hospital, you can count on litigation. you are very clever at trying to discredit those who clearly know more than you on some of county finances.martha long helped to establish the contracts with both hospitals and i suggest you get the scoop from her. i have a list of every SCP contract in the state by county and hospital. in 2 yrs vinson has increased the federal money going to the hospital in grants by $2,000,000. that hospital is now receiving over $6,000,000 per yr.at the same time sutherland has demonstrated both ignorance and arrogance by not doing his homework. the 2 new commissioners had less than a week to make a decision and as brand new commissioners seemingly relied entirely on sutherland.they are not blameless but they have been in office for less than a month when faced with this issue. in suspect they will very soon figure out sutherlands limitations and adjust. you are in ignorant bliss cowardly attacking the messenger not the message. you are either sutherland or one of his apologists. do some homework of your own before shootimg you uninformed mouth off.
justme

Albuquerque, NM

#23 Feb 5, 2011
residentcoemployee wrote:
omg. once again sutherland pounds his chest calling attention to a very complex problem and once again absolutely lies by ommission. unbelievable yet again. by eliminating the 2 las cruces hospitals as sole community providers the county is now responsible for 100% of healthcare delivered to luna indigents instead of 25%. here it is folks; what the idiot didnt say because of incompetence or complete ignorance is that the amounts requested by memorial and mtn view for sole community provider designation are caps which limit the counties responsibility to both institutions and allows the fed govt to pay 75% of the claims. the counties share with the sole comm provider contract is limited to 25%. so the amounts listed in the article for those 2 hospitals are the total and the feds pay 75% county pays 25%. the f.....n idiot has now exposed the county to 100% of any claims instead of 25%.most claims from both hospitals if not all are for serious conditions that mimbres cant handle. heart attacks, serious trama cases etc. i cant believe the board failed to get some experienced advice instead of relying on john, i tell some versiuon of the truth, sutherland. now luna county still has to pay indigent claims to memorial and mtn view but 100% with no annual or individual cap.look at the numbers from both las crucs hospitals, now take 25% and that is the counties share, not the total amount6 as presented by the villiage idiot. good god, now the county will have to pay the 100% of each claims instead of 25% with an annual limit. there is now no limit with that decision and the county will and mark my words will end up paying these 2 hospitals by law not by discretion . the result of this decision based entirely on the recommendation of a lier or idot, will expose the county not only to paying the costs enirely out of county funds but the legal expenses when the county doesnt pay and the patient or more likely the hospital sues for cause. THIS IS UN.....NBELIEVABLE. SUTHERLAND DIDNT REDUCE THE COUNTIES COSTS BY SOUNDING TOUGH, HE HAS ENSURED THAT THE COUNNTY WITHOUT A SCP CONTRACT WILL PAY CLAIMS WO FED HELP AND WO AN ANNUAL LIMIT. if this disasterous decision isnt changed the county is in is deeeeeep trouble. his efforts to once again call attn to his great wisdom and concern forn the counties finances is based on blatant lies and ommission of pertenat facts that the board should have before making the decision. we had the feds paying 75% and an annual limits iron clad. sutherlands essentially eliminated the counties ability to control costs from out of county hospitals. SOMEONE PLEASE PLEASE HELP. I CANT DO BECAUSE HE WLDM HAVE MY JOB. PLEASE PLEASE GET THE RIGHT INFO AND CALL YOUR COMMISSIONERS. THEY DONT KNOE THE DETAIS YET OF HOW THE SCP PROGRAM WORKS AND SUTHERLAND IS LEADING THEM DOWN A PATH OF RUINATION BY NOT DISCLOSING THE ENTIRE STORY.please please help the indigent fund and our general fund are at risk. one bypass surgury at either hospital will ruin the county financially. omg.
Lovely rant.. but when the hell did the federal government start paying for anyones medical care! And how can LUNA county be responsible for a bill occured in Dona Ana or Grant county. If I go to CA and end up in the ER there, Luna County has to pay that too. yeah.. right. Your hate towards Sutherland is blinding you! If you think he would have your job, then stand up for what you believe and stop being a coward. Snap out of it!

Since: Jun 10

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#24 Feb 6, 2011
justme wrote:
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Lovely rant.. but when the hell did the federal government start paying for anyones medical care! And how can LUNA county be responsible for a bill occured in Dona Ana or Grant county. If I go to CA and end up in the ER there, Luna County has to pay that too. yeah.. right. Your hate towards Sutherland is blinding you! If you think he would have your job, then stand up for what you believe and stop being a coward. Snap out of it!
The federal government has been paying for indigent healthcare for over 4 decades. A county chooses its Medicaid preferred hospitals and in more rural areas this may encompass more than one county for preferred providers.
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Santa Fe, NM

#25 Feb 6, 2011
What the wrote:
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People who type in caps think they are more important than they really are.
Or ooops some one forgot to turn off the caps.

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