WASHINGTON, KS – The Washington Clinic and Family Medicine of Washington County will merge into one clinic effective March 1st.
Currently, the Washington Clinic is privately owned and Family Medicine of Washington County is owned by the Washington County Hospital.. When the merger is complete, the clinics will become Family Medicine of Washington County, owned by the hospital.
Roxanne Schottel, CEO of Washington County Hospital, says uniting the clinics provides many benefits for the hospital and residents of Washington County.
“The main reason we’re doing it is for patient care. Scheduling will be easier to do. There will be two doctors. Andrea Bruna is a nurse practitioner that will be joining us also on March 1st. And when they join together it also gives us the opportunity to form a Rural Health Clinic.”
Schotell states the benefits of becoming a Rural Health Clinic, or RHC, include reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
“And we’re hoping to have that process completed by April or May.”
According to Schottel, that RHCs have many rules and regulations.
“To be a Rural Health Clinic, you have to be in an underserved area, which we are. There’s a lot of rules and regulations you have to go through. You have to have a surveyed, people come out and survey you and then you have to be surveyed every 3 years. You have to have a nurse practitioner employed by you who is there 50 percent of the time the clinic is open.”
Patients will not see any changes as a result of the merger or establishment of the RHC. Clinic location, phone numbers and physicians will remain the same.