Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2012, 7:01 pm

Medicare, Medicaid certifications delay EM clinic opening

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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com

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The Community Health Care clinic, 708 15th Ave., East Moline, is waiting for final state and federal approval before it can start serving patients. 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.
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.