Meals on Wheels Needs Searching For New ‘Ingredients’

Charles City, Iowa – The Floyd County Medical Center and Meals on Wheels announced yesterday the organizations have started the conversation and next steps to have other organizations in Charles City take on the role of preparing the daily meals. Floyd County Medical Center administrator Rod Nordeng:

 

Meals on Wheels is becoming too expensive for FCMC to run.  The hospital is a critical access hospital and the meals on wheels program counts against the hospital’s medicare revenue at a significant amount, which translates to lost revenue.   In 2017 meals on wheels made 10, 593 meals and lost over 135 thousand dollars

Under the Medicare rules and regulations, Meals on Wheels costs are removed from FCMC’s total costs into a non-reimbursable cost center.

In a release from FCMC, the hospital says: “There are no plans to interrupt or end the Meals on Wheels program.  FCMC will work with the meals on wheels board of directors to transition the program to another local organization in a compassionate and orderly manner.”

Floyd County Medical Center Dietitian Carol Johnson said they are willing to do whatever it takes to make another organization a good fit.