EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KY3) – Eureka Springs Hospital commissioners say the company that owns the hospital isn’t paying some of its doctors on time.
“The Eureka Springs hospital commission chairman says this isn’t the first time some employees have not been paid on time. He adds the commission is doing what it can to help solve the problem.”
Dr. John House doesn’t work for the hospital – but he is on its commission – appointed by the city council.
In the span of about nine months – he’s heard ER doctors were not paid on time –multiple times.
Eureka Springs Hospital is a critical access hospital owned by Allegiance Health Management.
Medicare pays the company based on projected expenses. If those actual numbers come back differently than projected then Medicare takes back the difference – and House says that’s what Allegiance explained is the problem.
House says the commission is limited in what it can do – but will allocate $50,000 to provide wages to employees if Allegiance doesn’t pay them.
But legal action may also come with that.
“It is absolutely essential we keep our ER open 24 hours a day seven days a week. If we don’t, then we lose that designation, and that designation provides us with a different pay structure from Medicare that allows a small hospital to stay in business.”
In part of a statement, the hospital says “Our top-notch doctors prioritize care for all our patients. Our motto is patients first. In addition, our doctors were paid through the ER.”
Asked if those doctors were paid on time – the response was they were paid “up to date.”
The hospital’s statement:
“We would be happy to share our top-rated quality report in Arkansas and information of the many services we provide for our community. Being a critical access hospital, it allows us to serve this community with services that are needed amongst our population. We are the oldest running hospital in Arkansas opening in 1929. And still running strong with our quality staff compassionate care and helping our community stay healthy. Our top-notch doctors prioritize care for all our patients. Our motto is patients first. In addition, our doctors were paid through the ER. Thank you.”