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'IRST MA 531 - n. There will be no new build- ings, but as of July I, 1~,~ Summers County Hospital is a much different place. That is the date the hospital began its new Medicare fiscal year and came under the revolutionary Medicare Prospective Pay-' ment System (MPPS). MPPS is Medicare's new me- thod of reimbursement for in- patient care. Previously Med- icare paid the nation's hos- pitals through a cost - based system. With p~tive pay- meats, Medicare will pay all hospitals according to predet- ermined payment rates. The prospective payment sy- stem is based on 468 diagnosis related groups (DRG's). Th- ere is a DRG to cover virt- ually every ailment that lands the elderly in the hospital. The premise behind the system is that care for any DRG should cost the same in almost any hospital. And, so the theory goes, if hospitals are paid only a fixed rate per admission, they will b~ forced to keep costs below that rate. MPPS will be phased in over a three - year period. In the first years, hospitals will be allowed to factor some of their local costs into the DRG pay- ment rate. By 1986 though, all hospitals will have their Med- icare payments determined sol- ely by the government. No one, not even healthcare experts, knows for certalnall the implications of tive payments. Yet everyone is pre- -es- Began Medicare paring for dr~tlc'changes. Summers.. ~unty Hospital Administrator, Frank Baste, said, " We've put in a lot of effort getting ready for prosp- ective payments. In the past we totalled up the costs of a Medicare admission and subm- itted them for payment. New Medicare is telling us what they'll pay. We've got to make every effort to keep costs be- low the prospective payment rate." "It won't be easy. Fortun- ately, we are a very efficient hospital, and we'll be able .to adjtmt without affecting our pat- ients or the quality of their care." Mr. Basile believes hospitals will place new emphasis on out- patient care and shorter leng- ths of stay in an effort to provide care at lower costs. " All hospitals are committed to quality care," he said. " And will find a way to maintain it." Tues. Sept. 18, i984 Hinton News. 7 And EPRO Investigate Hew River Tragedy Superint~hdent James W. lives. Six men had attempted to Manufacturers load limitations vessels so that the occupants of Carrico of New River Gorge run the rain- swollen New are affixedtoeachvessle. They one vessel can rescue the National River and David Br- River in their small vinyl raft list the maximum number of others if necessary. own, Executive Director of ~Ny~en the accident occurred, persons and the total weight the Eastern Professional River The men were not using pro- craft can accommodate. Many 5. DON'T LET Outfitters (EPRO) announc- ed today the findings and re- commendations resulting from an investigation into the causes of the tragic drownings on the New River on Tuesday, August 14, in which two men lost their Dimitz - Jmlpiq Branch Seniors Nave Ceveml Dish Supper The Nimitz Jumping Branch, his subject, " The Promise Of Senior Citizens met in the new God". The regular business building Friday August 24 meeting will be held the 8th of where they enjoyed meeting t[~eptember. together and a bountiful meal J Attending were : Mr. and served by the ladies at 5:30 ~. Howard Wnodrum, Mrs. P.M. Howard We.drum gave Susie Bird, Mrs. Lottie Ford, Mrs. June E. Baldwin, Ciista Marshall, Earl MacKenzie, Roy Richmond, Mrs. Helen Young, Mrs. Elva Fitzwater, Perhaps the most ominous the invocation before the meal, implication of prospective pay- which included a variety of ment is that the system may salads, meats, vegetables, ice soon be adopted by state M~i,,, cream, cake and soft drinks icaid programs and major pr- and coffee. ivate insurers. Hospitals could After everyone had been set- Mrs. Cora Lee ,Srthur, Mrs. Wanda Kirk, Helen Harvey, days outing on the beautiful New River turning into a tr- agedy. The Park Service and EPRO recommend observance of the following safety precautions: 1. KNOW THE RIVER Call the National Park Service, EPRO, or any area outfitter for information on stream flows, river conditions and the level of technical difficulty you might encounter. On the day of the accident, the River was approximately 13 feet above normal level. River conditions at this high level had fessional guides or equipment rafts available at local depart- from licensed outfitters, ment stores are not suited for Investigation of the incident, difficult whitewater. which occutre’l~,t approxima- 4. KNOW AND PRACTICE tely 2:30 pm, near the~.to_wn of EMERGENCY Thayer in Fayette Cotml.y, PROCEDURES. vealed several lapses of safe~ practices which, when com- Learning how to swim or float bined, resulted in a pleasant in whitewater, and how to use emergency equipment is very important. Knowledge of Card- io - Pulmonary Rescitatiun can save a life. It is recommend- ed that river users always travel in groups of at least two EXPERIENCE LEAD TO TROUBLE. Thousands of kayakers, raft- ers, and canoeists safely en- joy the New River each year. Inexperienced persons wishing to enjoy whitewater recreation should consider using the ser- vices of a licensed outfitter or learning whitewater skills th- rough an organized club such as West Virginia Wildwater Association. m The Summers County Senior Citizens Center will be host- ing its Annual Picnic on Fri- day, September asked to sign up in advance at Academy recognizes less than the Center or by calling 466 - I0 percent of all American high 4019. A special invitation is school students. This is the 21st. This extended to county seniors who second consecutive year which Terry L. Williams The United States Achieve- ment Academy announced re- cently that Terry L. Williams has been named a 1984 United States National Award winner. This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. In fact, the lose control over what they can ved and reserved. There were Mr. & Mrs. Charles Skidmore, changed dramatically, creat- year's picnic will be held at are confined to wheelchairs to Terry has received this honor. collect for patient care, and approximately $40.00 in cash Nola and Willard Redde~,Mrs. ing treacherous currents.Camp Summers. The festivities attend this year's picnic. The This year he is also recogni- may not make enough revenue for food that was left and sold. Auelene Bower, John Rip, me, Paddlers must also be able to and activities, scheduled to Senior Center now has a mini zed as a member of Who's Who to maintain buildings, replace Following the meal group sing- Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Les~r~recognize specific begin at 10:30 A.M., will in- bus equiped with a wheelchair Among American High School equipment and expandlng led by Howard Woodrum~! Earl Fold,n, Billy Wood, Ben: hazards such as " hydraulics, clude relay races, a horse- lift to transport handicapped Students. Less than 5 percent of services. Many experts predict with Mrs. Margaret. W ood~' hie Cole, Loin and Jacob Ar- undercut rocks, and strainers." shoe playoff, bingo for prizes, a seniors. There is plenty of . all high school students attain that inefficient hospitals may at the piano, was enjoye6.'~l~" thur, Virginia Rippetoe, Marie 2. ACQUIRE AND USE gospel sing, cake walks and a parking space at the camp for this honor. be forced to close, some special music by~r?and Lilly, Leva Smith, Pearl Br- PROPER EQUIPMENT. guess cake, a raffel, an auct- those folks who choose to come Terry L. Williams is the sonof Said Mr. Basile, " Few hos- Mrs. We.drum ~ad quartet agg, Reva Lilly, Garnet and Proper lifejackets must be ion and more. The noon picnic by car. the late Tom L. Williams of pital leaders are optimistic that composed of ~. Helen Epp-Vesker Meadows, Mr. and Mrs. worn by all passengers. Type V lunch will be covered dish style All county Senior Citizens are Corpus Christi, Texas and Mar- payments will go up as years go by. If Medicare is paying $1,200 for a gall bladder operaflou, for example, and they see hospitals are making a little surplus on that amount, they might be tempted to cut back. History tells us to expect that." erly, Mr~..4.felen Young, ROy Richmorid, Mr. Woodrum and June Baldwin. All seniors hav- ing birthdays in the month of August were recognized. A very inspiring message was delivered by ROv. Elm• Alderman, reading the script- ure from Mat. 9:6 and using as E. B. Nee.y, Corbett Lilly, Personal Flotation with the Senior Nutrition Pro- invited to attend the picnic, thaWilliamsofVa. Beach, VA; Dorothy Neely, Buren Bragg, ' ~ gram providing ham, and a type used by outfitters, are Duard Wood, Winnie Pack, Teva Meadows, Rev. Elmo Ald- erman, Dec Hatcher, Oris Basham, Hassle Basham, Lula Pack, Carrie Wood, Mrs. Paul Epperly, and Mr. and Mrs. Quinton Cooper. especially desigae('for swift water and wiff keep unconsc- ious victim's heads above wat- er. Spare paddlers or oars, throwbags, and helmets are also recommended. 3. NEVER EXCEED THE CAPACITY OF YOUR VESSEL. variety of beverages including coffee, iced tea, and milk. Transportation to the picnic will be available by Senior Center mini bus, with busses leaving the Hinton Senior Cen- ter beginning at 10 A.M. Per- sons wishing transportation are regardless of whether they formerly Martha Vest of Jump- have ever participated in any' ing Branch, W. Va. His pat- Senior Center activities before, ernal grandparent is Mr. Jim " If you would enjoy a country style picnic in a beautiful surroundings with plenty to do and plenty to eat then please come and join us ... and bring a friend tool" Williams of Ft. Worth,. Tx. Maternal grandparents are Lucinda Vest of Jumping Br- anch, W. Va. and Joseph Moo- dy Vest of Sweet Springs, W. Va. The Senior Center wishes to thank all the groups and indiv- iduals who donated cancer bed pads to our Convelescent Aid Loan Closet. Individuals who have donated hand-made pads have included Bertha Jones, Jewel Allen, Virgie Ballengec and Lena Carter. Groups who have donated hand-made and! commercially manufactured pads have included, the Centrnl Baptist Church Loyal Phllathea Class, the Ruth Thurmond Mis- sien Circle and Youth group, the Roles Chapel Mission Circle and the Cook's Chapel. Donat- ions of additional pads conflmm to be needed as the demand continues to outway the supply. The San/or Citizens Center Con- velescent Aid Loan Closet ser- ves senior citizens in need as well as coneer patients of all .ages, providing eouveiose~t equipment and limited qnan/ty of ~ supplies at nocost. For more informa- tion please call the Senior Center at 466-4019. A special thank you to Mary Meadows, Rosie Adkins, Rob- ~ Add, m, Jess Bradberry Bill Brandou for their 'volunteer assistance in recyc- ling aluminum. 817 Temple St. - 3 stoff, insalatod storm windows, cinder block ImP, 2 baths, low ntilities. CNId ba nod for wmem. OHLY $22,N0. Call 466 - or 486 - 1158. For yNeg people of all ages. ares, vtsim 7:30 pm nightly. Sept. 23 - 28 iivm'viow Chapel 16tb Ave. aid Tlim SL EVERYOHE WRCONE ! ..... FOR *6.0Q --- a.~ - - - --------. - .. ~ - ~- - -.. • ~ o. ~. ~. ~. ~ 3. ~ • • • ~o • • •• • o • • • • • • • • • • e • O &'the.." - -:?~::.e . .... ::!!-! N)ee,. .. )9)0,.. )@OO-. )OOO." 10•O*o ~)OO,. ~o,. ~)e,." ~e, ~}@e.. ~N)es. 4)@0.- ~ee.. O•~o. M)@e." M)4,e-. ~)@eo. )~,. }0•0o, ~)@e,. M~oso N)ee,. )~o,. N~e. HIM)e*. )eee.. N)e~.. N~e~Q. )~,. M~." )4)@e., 14~O•* )~,o NMM)•* MM~e•* NMI~,o M[l@ee. 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