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KANSAS | Providers feel county benefits talks have been unfair

The county will put IMA in touch with Pinnacle Care to start discussions about creating a proposal for the county. Time is short as the county must have at least an insurance plan in place by January 1, 2018.

By Chance Hoener

Posted Oct 31, 2017 at 5:01 PM GIRARD —

GIRARD — Multiple area health providers attended the regular meeting of the Crawford County Commission Tuesday, to discuss the possibility of the county contracting with Drs. William and Trisha Sullivan as part of its new employee benefits plan. Don Orender, the husband of Dr. Jacqueline Orender, said he did not like the possibility of the county contracting with the Sullivan Clinic, as it would draw business away from other primary care providers, such as Dr. Orender — and Dr. Mindi Garner who was also in attendance. As part of its search for a more cost effective employee benefits plan, the county had looked at adding a direct primary care element — an effort to minimize trips to the emergency room and urgent care. The county had discussed possibilities with its consulting firm, IMA Benefits Consulting. The doctors Sullivan offer a membership-based style of care in which patients can pay a flat monthly fee to cover visits to the clinic, rather than paying for visits through an insurance company. The county had looked at the possibility of contracting with Sullivan, offering a lower-cost package if employees would go to Dr. Sullivan for small injuries, sickness, etc. This would keep insurance claims to the county lower.

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SOURCE: http://www.morningsun.net/news/20171031/providers-feel-county-benefits-talks-have-been-unfair

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