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C. GREGG McKOWN to the Aug. 1, 1970 ssue of the American Association, the aver- Patient day in vol- ram-profit hospitals in States for the year was $71.07. According to report a figure for he Mountain Region of is a part found ent of $60.15 day. This fig- an averwe of not room charge, but drugs, lab and X-ray [Igures for the cortes- for Community were only Per Patient day. true that costs to spiral upward and justrnents in era- no relief has been buying of other and supplies from which accounts cent of the of course, are not martyrs in this but hos- ospitals and Their Charges pitals do face a rather unique reimbursement problem. One of these problems is that each category of patient falls into a different reimbursement sched- ule. Take for instance the Medi- care patient which comprises 45 per cent of the patient load at Community Memorial Hos- pital. At the present time, this category is being reimbursed to the hospital at 90 per cent of actual charges. The same thing applies to the Blue Cross and Welfare patients who are reim- bursed to the hospital at the rate of 85 - 92 per cent actual charges. The Industrial Acci- dent Board and others fall into various percentage categories. At the present time, some well meaning individuals are trying to direct their energies to controlling these hospital costs by allowing Industrial Ac- cident and other third party payers to negotiate with the hospitals on their own for re- imbursement. Once again the problem still exists that each patient is paying a different price for the same service rendered. Nurse Gets rd for Service Presented to nurses who 20 years of communities, of Public held Feb. 3-4, by the State De- Club Meeting REDMAN of the 4-B Club Order by Vice Edwards. members, one pre sent. Was answered by speeches on 4-H. L Chose several sing. Kwin Red- report on Zona Kappel and told us about exchange visit Ione, Wash. was adjourned. gave a demon- of Newborn Mrs. Wen- coffee and next meet- at Tler and March 7 at 2 Force rs of the 1971 of Commerce Task Force Norgaard, Sissel and ac- of Corn- Vice Presi- that the task the Publicity Council serves re- on- that are pertinent of Health, the event was attended by 87public health nurse s from all sections of Mon- tana and the awards were pre- sented by Dr. JohnS. Anderson, executive officer. Nurses who received service awards were Mrs. Angela Holi- dab', school nurse, Libhy; Mrs. Gladys Foley, tuberculoaispro- ject norse, Butte; Mrs. Irene Callahan, of the Western Mon- tana Child Development Center, Missoula; Mrs. Rose McVey, public health nurse, City -Coun- ty Health Department; Misson- la; and Mrs. Mary Alice Reh- bein, public health nurse, Sid- ney. The meeting is conducted an- nually as a means of keeping local nurses abreast of the lat- est developments in public health. SeniOrNewsCitizens ] The Senior Citizens met in the Moose Hall with 47present. Eight tables Of whist were in play, two of Bridge, one of Canasta, and one of Scrabble. A few others visited and did fancy or hand work. A short "business session was held at which Allen Dar- nall and Lucy Fisher gave re- ports on the meeting they and Barbra Lestman and Tena Kor- nack attended in Glendive Feb. Named 2 High game scores were won by Mrs. Tom Hackley and Cliff Crippen. Door prizes were won by Jess Baxter and Ann Nielson. Our next meeting will be the dinner meeting Feb. 11. Ar- rangements were made with Raymond Ruffatto to show some of his pictures Feb. 18 which were taken on his trip to South America, Europe and italy. Hostesses for the day were Mrs. Myrtle Fisher, Mrs. Add McMillen and Mrs. Nettie el- son. Task refreshments or meeting to contact '00cal Item Sand Point, the Ed since Sep- t with son to stay in a Week. Then to Sand Point. Hopefully soon, 9oliticians will realize that the state and federally operated medicalin- stitutions are the most ineffi- cient in the entire world and al- low private non -private hospi- tals to get together in their new endeavors to work tagether in a management approach to con- trolling these costs. Several things have beendone here on the local level in Com- munity Memorial t{ospital to facilitate some of these costs cutting measures. One of the most important ones was link- ing up the accounting system of the hospital to a computerized application by Sidney Data Pro- cessing. The advantages of a computerized business opera- tion are manifold, if setup cor- rectly, will result in definite savings and cost finding efforts. To conserve cost and keep rate s as low as possible, other credit policies have been introduced to help maintain areasonable cash flow to meet our increased over- head and other obligations. In reviewing hospital credit policies and weaknesses, itwas discovered by the administra- tion that the biggest problem areas are in writing off bad debts were in the cases of ob- stetrical and elective surgicals as well as the outpatients inthe $50 and under category. Tohelp counteract these problems at the present time, a modest de- posit is required on those com- ing in on elective surgical and or obstetrical reasons as well as cash payment for all outpa- tient diagnostic work, such as X-ray, laboratory, and orphysi- cal therapy treatnents. This policy may not apply to emer- gency cases seen in the emer- gency room or as an emergen- cy inpalient in the hospital. Surprising enough, the ma- jority of insurance policies car- ried by patients at Community Memorial Hospital do not have covereage for these important outpatient services at the pres- ent time. Every effort is being expended by the Administration and Board of the hospital to in- sure the utmost quality in care for the customer' s dollar and at the same providing total assur- ance to our constituency that the program will be run on a sound, break - even basis with every management tool known *being used to curb and control these rising costs. Richey Names Honor Students Students named to the Richey High School Honor roll are as follows: Senior: Deanna Bowlds, Susan Johnson, Robert Raisl, Doug Svenvold, Amy Unruh, Jill Whiteside, Rick Brunko, Tom llempel, Duane Schultz, and Sheryl Zody. Junior: Darlene Boje, Nancy Bulier, Anita Chupp, PattyGoo- sen, Bill Greiman, Mary Jen- sen, Kathy Buller, Larry Hostetler and Carol Colter. Sophomore: Audree Fatziug- er, Linda Huffman, Christine Stokes, Penny Anderson, Mary Brown, Debbi Waters, Dave Svenvold and Sheri Kauffman. Freshman: Roberta Schultz, Paula Senner, Susy Keysor and Roger Miller. Doctor Adducci Receives Award Dr. Joseph E. Adducci of the Craven - Hagen Clinic at Willo iston has fullfilled the require- ments and has been awarded the Physicians Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education from the American MedicalAs- sociation. Dr. Adducci, a Board Cer- tiffed Obstetrician and Gyne- colngist of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is also a Fellow of the Ameri- can College of Obstetricians and Gynecolegists, a Fellow of the American College of Sur- geons, a Fellow of the Interna- tional College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, a Dip- lomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and Re- gent for the State of North Dakota of the International Col- lege of Surgeons. Dr. Adducci and his wife, Mary Ann, reside at 1717 Main in Williston with their three sons, Chris, Greg and Stoven. Doctor Craven Gets Citation In a release from the Inter- state Postgraduate Medical As- sembly it has been learned that at the 55th Anhual Scientific Assembly of Interstate Post- graduate Medical Associates of North America that Dr. Joseph GOTTA PROBLEM, BUDDY? - Haven't you ever seen a parrot's bottom side before? Perch? Of course I have a perch! I don't use it because it's more fun hanging on the side of my cage answering stupid hu- man questions. What else do you want to know? TheSidney Herald, Sidney, Mont., Wednesday, Feb 10, 1971 - 3B IIII II S enator' s Report By C. R. THIESSEN Last session, the legislature appropriated $5 million from earmarked ttighway Funds for the Highway Department topur- chase property and contract a new headquarters for the entire department including the motor pool. The structure wasn't started because the bonds weren't salable under the limi- tations of interest rate set by" state law. This year we have a request for additional amount of $3 mil- lion making the complex a total cost of $8 million. Thisrequest is now in our Long Range Bnild- ing Committee. There seemsto be some definite feeling among Legislators that we had better cancel the construction of this complex and use the funds to build roads. Senator Stein from Park County isdoing aresearch on this particular item as to costs of present operations renting additional space versus constructing the new complex and the loss of road construc- tion to the state by the diver- sion of earmarked funds. It looks like the ttouse and Senate are bent on solving their revenue problems somewhat earlier in the sessionbefore we resolve our appropriations. I think this to be a very healthy situation. I hope their effort will be fruitful. We have enjoyed the "Eggs and Issues" put on by the vari- ous state chambers of com- merce every Wednesday morn- ing and we are especially look- iug forward to February 10th when we will be special guests of the Sidney Chamber. Feb. 12 is the last day for transmittal of bills, other than revenue or appropriations, be- tween the two chambers. So Senate Committees are work- ing feverishly trying to give in- depth study to the remaining Senate Bills after which wewill be working the House Bills. Senate Bill No. 104, dealing with City and County Consoli- dation came out of Committee with a "do pass". This is a controversial bill and will re- ceive considerable more de- bate before it becomes law. It was nice to have Dolph Harris, President and Jim De- Bree, Executive Manager, of the Economic Development Associ- ation of Eastern Montana with us for the last three days. at Johnson Hardware and Furniture Read This Ad --You'll find Johnson's have hundreds of bargains. March 1 is that time of year for declaring inventory for tax purposes. Aisowe take our physical inventory as of the end of February, so we want it to be as low as possible. The best way to reduce our in- ventory is to slash prices and really have a sale. We are offering terrific savings in our floor covering department. Buy inlaid linoleum at the reduced prices of $1.29 and $1.99 a ft. These patterns were good sellers once but not anymore and we must get rid of them. Thirteen rolls of carpeting on sale at slashed prices. Three rolls 100% nylon carpet now only $3.99 a sq. yard. We have one roll of nylon kitchen carpet with rubber back. We thought the color was great, our customers didn't. Regularly $7.95 a sq..yd, buy now at $5.99 sq. yd. Check this deal, 12" wide Ozite $2.49 a sq. yd. Here's a half price carpet deal. We got the roll by mistake. Beautiful plush acrilon, Regularly $9.95 sq. yd. buy now at $4.99 a sq. yd. For you folks wantin a shag carpet we have 3 rolls in stock (nice colors) Regularly $8.95 sq. yd. Now going out at $6.99 sq. yd. Our buyer got carried away on shag carpet tiles. We thought sunshine yellow would be a hot selling color so we bought a lot. Wrong again! The regular price is $8.95 sq. yd. Save $3.00 a sq. yd. Help us out. Now only $5.99 sq. yd. Clean your carpets with Hoover vacuum cleaners. Every one discount priced now. Buy the famous Hoover constellation for only $33. D. Craven of the Craven- Ha- TODAY'S WORLD genclinicinWillistonwaspre-sented with one of the four Bicccle Close Ou   original Quarter Century Club All Schwidn;ik; = Attendance Citations. Dr. Crav- en was Vice - President of the $8 Assembly in 1965-66. O Dr. Craven is a member of the American AcademyofGen- $20 O0 Off eral Practice, a Fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, past - President of the North Dakota Medical Asso- .ciation, a member of the Kotana Medical Society, the North Da- kota Me[ical Association and the American Medical Associ- ation. Dr. Craven and his wife, Margaret, reside at 915 2nd Ave. West in Williston. "1 hate people who don't love their fellow man." We took an actual count of the chairs we have in stock. When we passed the 200 mark we saw red, when we got to the final count of 233 we flipped our lid. You'll think we flipped our lid when you see the prices we've put on many of these chairs. There are 48 recliner chairs in stock and that is entirely too many for this time of year. Most of these are famous La-z-boy rocker recliners. One La-z-boy in nice green fabric at only $117.00. We have reduced 6 la-z-boyPtq only $,2B.O0 Buy,any two La.z-boys and save another $10.00. you'd better shop our Country Squire Colonial Shop. YOI findr,yers a jillionmistakes. Anywhere else and they would have een fired. We re safe here we own the place We have three gorgedusr, dmfy winglack chairs. Everybody likes them, but nobody buys them. Regularly $114.95 Now only $59.88. We have two wing backsofa$ in nice tweed covers. Both regular $339.95 now $217.75 Solid Maple Desk regularly $95.00 now priced. All Maple occasional tables redud. 5 Piece Maple dinette set $99.88. We could go on forever telling about all the fantastic bargains. Mo items are listed below. ShOp all three floors and see the hundreds of values. I 50% Off ALL TOYS includes games, dolls, hot wheels, etc. 6 ft. Ice Skates T oboggans Re, $9.95 and $12.88 Re $19.95 Close - out $7 99 Pair Gun Cabinet Reg. $119.00 =84's VAL - City snow removal crews worked early in the morninqs last d of snow that was clogging Sidney's streets. Sweaters they were sale priced at $6.99 in our Chrt- mascatalogue. " = Now Only $149, small size pocket tee shirts All Men's Hats Red Alpine Camouflage Khaki closeout $1 4 9 Kromcraft BAR AND TWO SWIVEL STOOLS Reg. $259.50 12 Bedroom Sets ALL REDUCED Save $203.00 on a beautiful solid wormy maple set. Includes triple dresser, chest on chest, husky spindle bed and nite stand. Regular $680.00 Now Only $A7700 ' worms not included 1dr B Bedroom sets as low as $|60 88 20% Off FREE Bedspread with the purchase of any Restonic Orthotonic full or queen size set. All Pictures and Wall Decors Reg. $89.95 HOME BAR Price s44's I Grandmother and Grandfather Clocks REDUCED AS NEVER BEFORE Sofas Galore 3-PermaluxSofas ........ 1/2 Price I I Modern Sofa $|@ O0 :: Tweed Cover ..............  1-Sofa Lounge s99. Reg. 169.95. 1 - Hide- A- Bed $ 00 249.95 ............... 187 1-Rocking Love Seat s!77oo Reg. 239.95 .... If ever there was a ti, me to buy a sofa or hide-a-bed it s now at John- sons. We have velvets, prints, matelisses, nylon friezes and hercu- leon covers to choose from. II 48" Round White Pedestal Kromcraft 5 pc. T able Dinette Set 4 chairs Reg. $199.95 Reg. $179.95 s9988 s99ss Sale Ends February 20 Johnson Hardware and Furniture Co. 482 - 1402 Sidney, Montana