Medicare, Medicaid certifications delay EM clinic opening


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Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2012, 7:01 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com
Community Health Care is ready to open its new East Moline site but can't begin treating patients until it obtains final state and federal approval.

Construction of the 8,000-square-feet building and 24-space parking lot at 708 15th Ave. began last November. An old brick furniture store was torn down to make way for the health center.

Must of the funding for the $1.7 million project came through the Affordable Care Act, with some from tax-increment-financing funds. Some of the ground was donated by THE National Bank.

Officials had hoped to open in August or September but are waiting for certification to handle federal Medicare and state Medicaid cases, Tom Bowman, Community Health Care CEO, said, adding CHC is going through the federal process now and then must go through the state certification process.

He said Thursday a new opening date has not yet been set, but Community Health Care will begin providing medical service at the site as soon as possible. "We know East Moline is a high-need area."

East Moline Mayor John Thodos said the clinic is located ideally near many of the city's high-rise buildings and a bus route. "I know there are plenty of people who are ready for it to open."

Mr. Bowman said the building is finished, equipment is installed and the medical staff was hired in anticipation of the September-August target opening date. While awaiting the certifications, the medical staff is working at other locations, he said.

Community Health Care already has moved its scheduling operation into the building, Mr. Bowman said. "Everything is in; it's ready to go."

Community Health Care also has sites in Moline, Rock Island and Davenport. For more information, visit davchc.com/quadcities.htm.




















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
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