Tahlequah Daily Press

January 28, 2013

NEO Health board approves co-pay reduction measure

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The Northeast Oklahoma Community Health Centers Board of Directors on Thursday approved the sliding fee scale minimum co-pay of $20 for specialty services.

The minimum co-pay  was $30 for family clinic services, and was reduced as poverty guidelines from 2011 to 2012 were updated.

NEO Health Board Chair Bobbie Davis said Thursday’s action extended the minimum co-pay option for eligible patients at the OB/GYN clinic at the Tahlequah Medical Center.

“We voted for the other clinics in the November meeting, but we didn’t do the specialty services, which is our OB/GYN clinic,” Davis said. “There’s a criteria for being able to use the sliding fee scale. They take the total household income, and that’s figured with the number of persons living in the household. They need to meet the poverty guidelines.”

Davis said the search for a new chief executive officer continues. The list of candidates remains un- changed, including Melissa Gower, David McClain and current acting NEO Health CEO Scott Rosenthal. Three other candidates are being considered for the role, but to honor these candidates’ current employment privacy, the board has not released the names.

Davis said things are moving along well in all of the clinics.

“We’re looking at [adding] a full-time position for a nurse practitioner in all of the clinics,” she said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had one, and I’m not sure when that will take place.”