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I W To [egister call I LEGISLATURE 2016: HARVEY continued from page one that combines the best ideas over budget by June 30, the cent allocated for direct dis- out of all three of theme' said end of this fiscal year?tribution to cities and towns, Harvey. Harvey said there is no with some of that going di- Harvey said one of the cost control if the provider rectly to counties. The funds biggest ideas under con- making the decision to admit are distributed using a for- sideration is what she calls a patient benefits by admit- mula that takes into account a "gatekeeper" concept to ting the patient. She said in, population in allocating the help control costs associ- looking at the bills, one pri- funds. ated with the involuntary ority is to reduce this "con-HOSPITAL UPPER hold program. She said the flict of interest" by having a PAYMENT LIMffS main hospitals in the pro- mental health provider who Two bills affecting pay- gram (Wyoming Behavioral does not stand to gain from ments to hospitals and nurs- slips for school outings and field trips and granting per- mission for a foster child to spend the night at a friend's house. Another important bill (HB0069) would criminal- ize the dissemination of "in- timate" images that were intended for private use. Harvey said the bill would penalize conduct where an Make Yo.w Nominations Now for the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Presented to an individ i Citizen 0fthe Lovell area who has made an excepti0hai {0ntribution tothe welfare of the community, usually over a number of years. and/or of the Year Institute in Casper and the the placement make the de- ing homes passed the house ex-boyfriend or girlfriend Presented to an individual citizen ofthe Lovell area who is an Wyoming State Hospital in cision. She said that some this week, HBO057 and postsnude photographs that exampleofalongtermsustainableranchingorfarmingbusiness in the community, making an exceptional contribution to the Evanston) are overcrowded counseling during the peri- HB0074. Harvey explainedwere intended for private community and adding valueto the L0ve!l area. and the program is well over od of evaluation might even that Medicare has a ceiling use on social media follow- budget, help reduce the number of as to how much it will re- ing a breakup. If the subject )iT/ bmit your nominations by emailing She said part of the patients requiring admit- imburse hospitals, and in is underage, the photo may Iovell@tctwest;net problem is the way patients tance to a hospital facility. Wyoming that percentage be considered pornogra- mail or St., are screened, with over-au- "Sometimes it's just a is about 15 percent lower phy and would carry an even thorizing of inpatient stays cry for help and patients just than many other states. She greater criminal penalty. Deadllneforno ationsis by providers who stand to need to get on the path to said the bills will give hospi- THE BUDGET BILL benefit from the treatment help;' said Harvey. "Since our tals and nursing homes ad- According to Harvey, Friday' Mareh2&2OI6. plan. She estimated that the hospital (NBHH) is the only ditional revenue to offset the biennium budget bill still over-authorizing costs the hospital that takes invohn- these costs, held center stage this week, program about 81 million per tary holds in the four coun- HEALTHCARE RECEIVEI HIPSwith money shifting in many month. She explained that the gatekeeper concept would WestPark H ()S P IrA L CODY, WvOM!NG have a provider making the recommendation that doesn't directly benefit from the placement, allowing for more outpatient options. "Sometimes people have a traumatic event in their lives and they lose it;' Har- vey explained. "It may be that what they need is calm, caring and to stop the ac- tion momentarily. This may involve hospitalization for a few days. But after those couple of days, those 72 hours, they begin to get their perspective back and they no longer are a danger to themselves. At that point they may still need coun- seling, even intensive coun- seling, but not necessarily a hospitalization. "One of things we're try- ing to prevent is over-iden- tifying people who need to go to Evanston, because the numbers have grown expo- nentially. The costs are lit- erally out of sight and we're looking at being S12 million 548-7021 ties that make up the Big Horn Basin, it is taking the brunt of the casesJ' She said this is a financial risk to the hospital, which, in some cases, does not get re- imbursed for its services. DESIGNATED CAREGIVERS A bill introduced by Har- vey and others that would simplify the assignment of HBO063, a bill that for- malizes a process to reor- ganize hospitals and nursing homes that would other- wise go out of business, also passed in the House. "Whether it's a nursing home or hospital that pro- vides 24-hour care to pa- tients, the department of health will move in to make care giving duties by fam- sure that there's food and ilies for their loved ones passed three readings in the house this week. Harvey said the bill was very well re- ceived and passed "straight through" without amend- ment. She said the bill sim- plifies the process a fami- ly needs to follow to assign care responsibilities, espe- cially in cases where a loved one is very ill and living far away from other relatives. This was the only bill Harvey introduced this session. LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISTRIBUTIONS HB0051 governing lo- cal government distribu- tions passed the House this week. The bill appropriat- ed 8105 million, with 89 per- medication and that the help is getting paid, while the business is being reor- ganized;' explained Harvey. "It's similar to a bankruptcy, where they are reorganizing the business and then sell- ing it? OTHER BILLS Harvey said literal- ly hmdreds of bills were heard with many passing during session this week. One bill would "recalibrate" how community colleges are funded, which Harvey said would greatly help North- west College and similar col- leges. Another bill would give more rights to foster parents to deal with everyday mat- ters, like signing permission areas from one designation to another. "At the end of the second reading we had amended S3.3 million out of the bud- get;' said Harvey. "By the end of the third reading we had put almost all of that back in, only in different plac- es. It was good because we found that there were some systems suffering more than others. In the end, we asked ourselves 'Is this a want or a need?' and we funded the needs. Not all of them were funded at the top of what theY wanted necessarily" Harvey said the bud- get was broken down into several different areas that could be considered individ- ually. She said she thought this made for an efficient process. The session began on Feb. 8 and reached the crossover point on Tuesday of this week, which means it was the last day for the final reading of a bill in its house of origin. The session is ex- pected to continue through March 4. SNEEZING? 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