Cook County Health Board of Directors Meeting
September 24, 2021
Human Resources Committee
Separations are outpacing hires. There was a net of 91 fewer employees this past quarter. Resignations lead the separations. There is an 8% turnover rate, up 7% over the 3rd quarter last year. Unfortunately HR is understaffed so hiring has slowed and average time to fill positions is up. The market is very competitive right now.
Managed Care Committee
Membership numbers continue to increase and are up 10% over prior year. September 18, 2020 there were 371,248 members and September 9, 2021 there were 411,664 members. County Care’s market share increased to 10.7%, a slight increase from 10.5% a year earlier. The membership numbers are over budget in part due to paused redetermination. The call center and encounter rates have worsened. Claim’s payments have improved.
Quality and Patient Services Committee
Quality metrics are mostly unchanged except HbA1C indicator which is down to 66.7% (lower is better) toward a goal of 24% in outpatients. At the start of the year it hovered near 90%.
The agenda item receiving the most engagement from the board involved the 32 million dollar contract request for MHN ACO LLC. There is a contract already in place but an extra 32 million dollars is needed to be paid to finish off the contract which expires at the end of December 2021. This provider covers care coordination for County Care subscribers. The increase is primarily due to the increase in subscribers. There was a lot of discussion on getting bids for this contract. County Care has not started the bid process even though the contract only has 3 months left. The board was concerned that the time left was inadequate and they offered help in getting this done. CEO Rocha will work with the managed care committee on a timeline for a request for proposal for next year's contract. It was pointed out that the current company is a high performance vendor.
There was a transfer of 14 million dollars from salaries to Registry help and Human Resources.
All employees must be vaccinated by October 1. So far 83% are fully vaccinated with 92% having started the vaccine series. The hospital is making vaccinations available around the clock and are holding town halls to answer questions. Also, they are working with the unions. The gap on vaccination rates by race has decreased
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observed by: Lisa Slankard Meeting Length: 2 ¾ hrs
Cook County Health, (CCH) Board of Directors Meeting
August 27, 2021
A Special Meeting of the Finance Committee of the CCH Board was held on 8-23-2021, Public Hearings were held August 23 and 24 and individual budget briefings with community partners including the League of Women Voters of Cook County, were convened to deliberate the proposed preliminary County Hospital System’s budget for fiscal year ending in 2022
County Health Board of Directors voted to adopt this proposed budget which will now be forwarded to the Cook County Board, representing the Unit of Government responsible for adopting any final Appropriations Bill. Cook County Public Hearings on the County Health System’s proposed budget will be scheduled on a date not yet determined in October/November 2021.
Proposed 2022 budget Highlights:
Items to Watch for in the Future: Cook County Board hearings on this Cook County Health System budget in October 2021. Will there be amendments or significant changes to the proposed budget approved by the Cook County Health Board ?
Virtual Meeting Observer: Susan Kern, MD Meeting Length: 2 ½ hours
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