Faced with unprecedented demand and future uncertainty in the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas Hospital District turned to Plexos Group to explore its possible funding options through FEMA Category B, the CARES Act, the HERO Act and other sources to cover mounting expenses for testing, PPE, budgeted staff and overtime. Led by a FEMA subject matter expert with 24 years of experience, Plexos is working side by side with the hospital district’s financial teams to secure funding advances and reimbursements, identify expenses to be captured, and analyze models for staffing, supplies, and facilities associated with COVID-19 patient treatment.
As a county owned, non-profit hospital district, the hospital averages more than 1 million patient visits annually through a Level I trauma center, the second largest civilian burn center in the U.S. and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The system also includes 20 community-based clinics, including primary care and women's clinics, 12 school-based clinics and numerous outreach and education programs. Parkland is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
In order to achieve its primary mandate of decreasing the financial impact on the district, Plexos developed a system to tracking funding in compliance with federal funding agency standards. By ensuring all incremental COVID-19 response costs are properly documented, Plexos is helping the district decrease its risks of future OIG audits. And while maintaining a consistent funding source, the district will be able to re-order and re-stock consumable PPE to avoid shortages.