Report Says Combining Health Departments Could Save State Millions
A report says West Virginia could save $12.5 million or more by consolidating dozens of county health departments into nine multicounty districts.
The report was released Tuesday by West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research during a news conference with the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
In the report, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Executive Director Drema Mace estimated almost $12.5 million in savings by consolidating redundant positions.
The report says local health departments may also have millions of dollars of untapped revenue potential.
It suggests billing third-party payers directly, including Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance companies. Consolidation would give departments the resources to move billing processes in-house and collect on services they already provide.
The report says combining would also let departments offer more fee-generating services.