Marshalltown, Iowa Central Iowa Healthcare (CIH) and McFarland Clinic announced today a change in the physician staffing in the Emergency Department (ED).
“CIH has a contract with McFarland to supply ED physician staffing,” said Dawnett Willis, COO/Acting CEO of Central Iowa Healthcare. “McFarland provides the physicians to staff the ED and the hospital bills and collects for their professional services. Unfortunately, CIH has been significantly behind on payment for physician services for more than 12 months due to its revenue cycle breakdown following an EHR conversion."
“We have been working together over this past year to find a solution for this issue,” said Andrew Perry, Chief Executive Officer of McFarland Clinic. “Unfortunately, we have recently received the resignation of two emergency room physicians, Dr. Lance VanGundy and Dr. Leah Bethel.”
Both CIH and McFarland Clinic physicians and staff are saddened about this announcement of the physician departures. With these resignation announcements and the unmet contractual agreement, McFarland and CIH have agreed that the contract for ED physician services with McFarland Clinic will conclude October 31.
“Emergency Department care including the ambulance services at Central Iowa Healthcare will continue,” said Willis. “CIH will be securing and maintaining quality replacement physician staffing to continue to provide emergency services. McFarland will be assisting CIH in this transition.”
“CIH and McFarland Clinic have collaborated for many years to provide excellent healthcare to the community and we are committed to continuing this working relationship,” said Willis.
“McFarland Clinic physicians will continue to work with CIH and provide care to patients at the hospital including surgical, inpatient, and outpatient services,” said Perry.