Update on Maple Knoll Regarding the Ohio State Budget

In an April post, I mentioned the proposed budget cuts for the state of Ohio and how it could produce losses for Maple Knoll Village amounting to $4 million over a two-year period.  Now it’s July and we have a new state budget that comes with good news and bad news.
The good news is the loss to our organization is not as harsh as originally expected.  The bad news is its still a significant loss for Maple Knoll.  Currently we receive $9.4 million in Medicaid reimbursement from the state.  Under the Governor’s proposal, we stand to lose $2.15 million, a 22% reduction.  The final budget results in Maple Knoll Communities losing $1.6 million in year 1 and the full $2.15 in year 2.
Although the results are disheartening, what I find inspiring is the way our staff and residents came together to have their voices heard in Columbus.  Approximately 11,500 letters and emails were sent to state legislatures! 
In addition, members of the executive staff met with local Senators and State Representatives and testified before the Senate Finance Committee, asking for fair treatment.  We will continue these efforts.
Now is the time to focus on what we can do to keep our organization strong while continuing to provide quality care.   We’ve already begun doing this by looking at areas where we can reduce expenses and increase revenue.  For example:
•  Discontinued outsourcing therapy and hired in-house therapists
•  Discontinued the SeniorFitness program and hired in-house instructors for the Wellness Center
•  Outsourced some MKC billing functions •  Implemented 12-hour shifts for STNA’s, LPN’s and RN’s in Bodmann Pavilion •  Made staffing changes through attrition and repositioning •  Awarded new groundskeeping service to the lowest bidder
•  Converted available space into two additional apartments in Breese Manor Assisted Living •  Contracted with OneSource Employee Management, LLC, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in order to combat Ohio’s expensive workers compensation system
 We’re doing everything we can without cutting in to the high standards that we are all very proud of.
Coming off the heels of an A+ state survey for Bodman Pavilion, it’s even more difficult to ask our employees to make sacrifices.  The success of Maple Knoll lies with the people that show up everyday, punch the clock and go to work.  Putting smiles on faces, bringing out the best in our community and making our residents top priority.
I realize kind words are not a form of currency, if they were, Maple Knoll employees would be rich. 
Thank you, Jim Formal President and CEO, Maple Knoll Communities  
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AARP Medicare Part D - November 21, 2011 Reply

Unfortunate cuts to budget really does happen but it is good to know that members and staff of the community made a common effort to make themselves be heard. Kudos to you guys.

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