SCKMC Physicians Move to Winfield Medical Arts
Three South Central Kansas Medical Center physicians will be relocating their clinic practices from the hospital campus to Winfield Medical Arts. Dr. Tyson Blatchford, general surgeon; Dr. Perry Lin, obstetrics and gynecology; and Dr. Willie Posey II, Internal Medicine and Cardiology will begin seeing patients at their new clinic, located at 3625 Quail Ridge Drive in Winfield, beginning December 4th.
November 24, 2017
Cowley County, KS – Three South Central Kansas Medical Center physicians will be relocating their clinic practices from the hospital campus to Winfield Medical Arts. Dr. Tyson Blatchford, general surgeon; Dr. Perry Lin, obstetrics and gynecology; and Dr. Willie Posey II, Internal Medicine and Cardiology will begin seeing patients at their new clinic, located at 3625 Quail Ridge Drive in Winfield, beginning December 4th.
Winfield Medical Arts and SCKMC merged in October, with the clinic practice coming under the hospital’s umbrella. This combining of efforts allowed both organizations to capture higher reimbursements for patient care through the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
“Up until now no one wanted to increase their Medicare and Medicaid patient base, because the programs paid so poorly. This takes care of that. Medicare is saying we want you to give these patients better access and we will pay you more to do that. Because in the long run it makes them healthier patients and keeps the access to care more available,” Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s Chief Executive Officer explained.
The merger with Winfield Medical Arts provided an opportunity for SCKMC’s full-time physician specialists to begin seeing patients under the new clinic reimbursement.
“We are moving our physicians from a hospital based clinic to a hospital based rural health clinic, it is all terminology. Dr. Posey, Dr. Blatchford, and Dr. Lin are in a hospital based clinic (on the hospital’s campus) but it’s not a rural health clinic. We are not able to convert it to a rural health clinic, so we are moving them to Winfield Medical Arts which already is a hospital based rural health clinic and will provide them greater reimbursement for being affiliated directly with the hospital,” said Holly Harper, SCKMC’s Chief Financial Officer.
Moving the specialists to a rural health clinic has been considered in the past by hospital administration. Dr. Posey has divided his practice between the on campus specialty clinic and Winfield Medical Arts for the past year. Dr. Lin has been seeing patients at the hospital’s other rural health clinic, South Central Kansas Clinic since May. However, the buildings design would not accommodate moving all three physicians on a full-time basis.
“Our downtown clinic is basically full. We have three providers in there now, and the way that clinic was designed it just does not lend itself to adding additional providers. At Winfield Medical Arts we are only using three of five pods so we have room to grow and expand,” Watson said.
Watson believes the move will create better coordination of patient care between the primary care physicians and specialists. While at the same time create a better experience for the patient.
“In today’s environment the specialists and surgeons have to be where the patients are. A specialist who is right next door to the primary care physician, and the registration area is in the same building so that process can be more seamless for the patient, it saves the doctor time. It saves the patient time. Hopefully the end result is a much improved quality and continuity of care,” Watson said.
Patients for all three providers will be receiving letters further explaining the move and instructions for scheduling future appointments. For more information, including scheduling call Winfield Medical Arts at (620) 221-6100.