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Universal Service: What it means for Rural Hospitals Jason C. Wulf Financial Analyst Thursday, May 15, 2003, 3:45 to 5:00.

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1 Universal Service: What it means for Rural Hospitals Jason C. Wulf Financial Analyst Thursday, May 15, 2003, 3:45 to 5:00

2 About Avera Health Sponsored by the Presentation and Benedictine Sisters Located in 5 States, SD, ND, MN, IA, NE Hospitals in 26 communities Clinics in 59 communities Long-term care in 17 communities Home Medical Equipment businesses in 20 communities

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4 Rocky start Streamlined and more user friendly after Funding Year 3 Online forms have greatly enhanced the process Help desk does exceptional job RHC willing to listen and make changes when necessary Experience with RHC

5 Rural telecommunication companies sometimes not familiar with RHC process or forms Big telecommunication companies shift paperwork responsibility around and things get lost in the shuffle

6 Benefits – Rural Community Telehealth –Educational sessions Freedom from smoking Diabetes club –Expanded services Specialists –Reduced travel for rural citizens

7 Benefits – Rural Hospital Expanded services and capabilities –Telehealth Education –Grand rounds, HIPAA Sessions, Mandatory In-services Telemedicine –Mental health, dermatology, pulmonology, internal medicine, fetal ultrasounds, infectious disease Teleradiology –Clinical and financial data systems –Internet –

8 Benefits – Rural Hospital The RHCD reimbursement makes the T1 line a little easier to afford for rural facilities. This in turn means when we were making decisions for the connections via , information system, teleradiology, teleconferencing equipment, etc. to our regional hospital, it makes it more affordable. We get about $600 a month reimbursement from RHCD for our T1 line which means $7,200 annually which is quite a large amount for a small facility. Kayleen Lee – Administrator and Linda Jager – Business Office Manager, Avera Weskota Hospital, Wessington Springs, SD

9 Benefits – Health System Provide education and services to small hospitals –HIPAA sessions, Medicare A Newsline Review, unified information systems platforms Enhanced communication –Videoconferencing when Telehealth is not in use Administrative meetings –Negotiate better pricing on information technology projects due to large Wide-Area Network and interconnected systems

10 Benefits – Health System Significant savings –Year 1 - $ 128,819 –Year 2 - $ 64,327 –Year 3 - $ 244,534 –Year 4 - $ 279,639 estimated –Year 5 - $ 395,081 projected –Total - $1,112,400 Directly back to the hospitals Roughly 55% - 60% savings off gross charges/year Covers 44 locations and 55 circuits across Avera Health

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