SARANAC LAKE —
“Another $1.2 million in revenue reduction comes from a Medicare provision,’ Riccio said. “Together, it represents almost $2 million in reduction in the 2013 fiscal year. Coupled with reduction in patient volumes, that’s where we are right now.”
Patient volume at Adirondack Medical Center has declined in the past five years, according to data provided by Riccio.
Inpatient days at 14,131 in 2007 dropped to 10,634 in 2012.
There were an average 38.7 patients in the hospital daily in 2007; that was 29.1 in 2012.
Riccio said Adirondack Health’s push toward prevention and primary-care services could account for some of that drop in need for acute and inpatient care.
Adirondack Health launched a series of community-based prevention and primary-care services in recent years to address diabetes, cardiology and wound care, along with other health-maintenance and well-being outreach programs.
“I think we can say that what we’re doing with specialty clinics like the Medical Home Project, wound care, cardiology and diabetes addresses our idea of patient-centered care by getting the different services to the patient in order to help them enjoy a quality of life so they don’t have to go to the emergency room or to be admitted to the hospital,” Riccio said.
“We’re seeing the result partly as lower inpatient volumes. It is important to focus on the gains we’ve made on patient care.
“That’s always been our mission.”
In February last year, Adirondack Health opened the $2.7 million outpatient Wound & Hyperbaric Treatment Center, designed to use hyperbaric chambers in treating chronic wounds from medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer treatments.
That project is managed in cooperation with the National Healing Corporation, based in Florida.
And, despite job cuts, Adirondack Health remains a large economic driver in the region.
The Medical Center and its satellite facilities feed $148 million into the local economy, according to a report released earlier this month by the hospital.