School District Wants JCHC A Tier One Provider

Johnson County Hospital Board
Johnson County Hospital Board

Johnson County Healthcare Center has been looking into the possibility of becoming a Tier One Healthcare Provider for the Johnson County School District, after District Superintendent Gerry Chase approached Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward, about the possibility.

A Tier One provider gives deeper discounts on the hospital and clinic services than a Tier Two or Tier Three provider.

Currently school district employees are required to leave Buffalo to get services with the lowest costs to them and their healthcare plan, but Superintendent Chase is trying to change that for employees of the district.

Ward told the hospital's board of trustees at a recent meeting that he had met with Chase and representatives of Wise Provider Network, who is the district's healthcare insurance provider, and had discussed what needed to happen for them to become a Tier One Provider.

Ward said Wise Provider Network was originally looking for 15 to 20% discounts from the healthcare center on their services but eventually settled at 12%.
JCHC has a policy of only giving a 5% discount to health insurance providers.

Changing their discounts for Wise and the school district would likely result in having to renegotiate discounts with the other insurance companies, according to Ward.

The board would like to provide health services for the district's employees and keep them from going out of town, but there is a concern that the discounts wanted by Wise may be too costly for the healthcare center to provide services.

Ward said there didn't appear to be much the healthcare center can do unless Wise was willing to negotiate on the discount rate.

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