BCHD reviews finances, service fees

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Members of the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees gathered for their monthly meeting on June 20.

Highlighting the meeting was the board's review of the organization's financial reports. A monthly review of service fees saw an increase in every month for the 2013 calendar year to date except February. May service fees came in 135.93 percent over the previous year.

Conversely, the fees for flu shots have steadily decreased into the summer months with May accounting for only $62.05 of the year-to-date total of $7,198.48.

Concern over total funding was brought up during the Administrator Roger Brock's report. According to the Brock, total funding for the contract year is $60,510; however, funding from Investment in Local Public Services (the organization's core contract) was $15,025, which is down from $39,171.96.

Bolstering this year's funding is $45,485 from the Children's Health Initiative Program (CHIP). Brock explained that while the contract funding shows an overall increase, if monies from CHIP were no longer available, funding would dramatically decrease.

The end of June marked the deadline for renewal of the Health Department's employee healthcare. After discussion, the board voted to keep their current plan with Anthem, accepting the company's annual increase.

The board also considered bids from two companies for replacement of the Health Department's computer server. After review and discussion, the decision was made to accept the bid from MDC of Monett.

The board voted to forgo its current three-strain flu vaccine and opted for a new four-strain vaccine, which increases the cost from $20 to $25 per shot.

Vaccination for pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus in the form of a Tdap shot was discussed. The Barry County Health Department will offer the Tdap shot for $10 at the following dates, times and locations: Barry County Health Department, Cassville, July 9, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Barry County Health Department, Monett, July 11, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and the Shell Knob Senior Center, July 18, 9 to 11 a.m.

In other business, the Barry County Health Board of Trustees:

* Heard a proposal from Amy Byrd with Liberty National Insurance.

* Voted to change the amount for contract of services that would need administrator approval from $1,500 to $2,000.

* Approved the annual adoption of Environmental Health Operational Guidelines (EHOG).

* Heard the administrator met with Hutchens Construction to discuss a time frame for completion of paving the parking lot.

After the regular meeting, the board adjourned to close session, where no action was taken.

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