Portneuf Medical Center Braces for Sequestration

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Updated: 2/28/2013 9:28 am

It was designed to be so dreadful that Congress would have no choice but to come up with more reasonable budget cuts. But with just a few days left, the once unthinkable sequestration is looking more likely.

 “There is loaded in there an automatic two-percent cut to Medicare for providers like Portneuf and that’s a big issue and challenge for us,” said Paul Kappelman, FACHE, Division President. “In the short term, we have some pretty severe cuts facing this hospital. In the long term, we have some really good upside as more and more people gain access in the appropriate manner. Our job is to navigate through these waters and really manage this hospital in a financially viable and fiscally responsible way.”

PMC administrators say they are in a much better position than where they were five years ago. Today, they can move doctors and other personnel within the LHP hospital network to help compensate for any cuts from the government.

“Our ability to be financially viable allows us to do all of the things we talk about,” said John Abreu, PMC CFO. “It allows us to give raises to employees. It allows us to attract the best physicians, the best employees, to invest back in technology and to invest back in the community. I think that is critical for our success and again, it’s a differentiator for us. It’s what will separate us from other hospitals in this region.”  

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