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Montevideo American-News
  • Paulson, CCMH enduring changing finances of health care

  • Mark Paulson has been the administrator for the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital for 10 years. He’s responsible for running the entire operation. Since last summer, June of 2013, the CCMH has seen patient volume either remain stable or decrease every month.
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  • Mark Paulson has been the administrator for the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital for 10 years. He’s responsible for running the entire operation. Since last summer, June of 2013, the CCMH has seen patient volume either remain stable or decrease every month.
     
    From the patient’s perspective, this is good news. Medical advancements, technological and pharmaceutical, have offered care options that are “significantly better for the patient,” said Paulson, but, with less people coming through the doors that opened in 2009, is decidedly less better for the hospital’s finances. Less volume equals less profit. When the CCMH does it’s job of keeping people away from the hospital and clinic, it loses money.  
     
     Quarterbacking a medical organization today, in contrast to the health care norms of 25 years ago, according to Paulson, is like playing a game with fluid rules. It requires the ability to maintain mailability, the fortitude to forge through the health care transitions the nation is undergoing by constantly adapting. Essentially, Paulson’s day begins the way a quarterback’s would if, in the middle of every other play, a referee decided defensive holding or pass interference was allowed.
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