The West Volusia Hospital Authority (WVHA) is a special taxing district established by the State of Florida to provide access to health care for the qualified indigent residents of the taxing district. The enabling legislation and description of the Tax District’s geographic boundaries can be found here: Click to download the enabling legislation and description of the Tax District’s geographic boundaries. It is funded by ad valorem (property) taxes, and uses its funding to provide access to health care as follows:
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
The WVHA grants funding to Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial through a 20-year contract signed in September 2000. WVHA also contracts with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to obtain matching funds for its grants to the hospitals and some other funded agencies. In fiscal year 2015-16 the taxing district realized an additional $900,000.00 in State/Local matching dollars.
WVHA also provides funding to Northeast Florida Health Services, Inc. (DBA Family Health Source), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), to provide primary care, and pre-natal OB/GYN services to low-income residents of West Volusia.
In fiscal year 2015-16, the FQHC and hospitals served 2,040 WVHA Health Card patients at an annualized average cost per patient of $4,526.62. 46,642 units of service were delivered to these patients at an average cost of $197.98 per unit.
MEDICAID AND HCRA
Additionally, the WVHA fulfills the obligation of Volusia County to fund Medicaid claims and Health Care Responsibility Act (HCRA) claims for residents of West Volusia. Because the WVHA focuses solely on health care issues, it is well-positioned to make sure Medicaid and HCRA claims are filed accurately, paid promptly, and handled efficiently to keep administrative costs to a minimum.
OTHER FUNDED AGENCIES
In fiscal year 2016-17, the WVHA funded the following local agencies that serve the health care needs of our community:
- Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
- Global Healthcare Systems
- Good Samaritan Clinics – primary and dental care by an all-volunteer staff.
- The Florida Department of Health – Dental Care
- The House Next Door – community based mental health services.
- The Neighborhood Center – provide outreach services for access to health care.
- Stuart Marchman-ACT – behavioral health care services.
- Healthy Communities – facilitating access to health care for children of low-income families, and providing health education.
- Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia – Family services, prenatal care, postnatal care, outreach services
- Hispanic Health Initiative
- Rising Against All Odds-HIV/Aids Outreach Program
In total, WVHA funding enabled the hospitals, clinics and other funded agencies to serve 10,833 patients in fiscal year 2015-16, at an annualized average cost per patient of $983.98. 62,663 units of service were delivered at an average cost per unit of service of $170.11.
HOW WE WORK
The West Volusia Hospital Authority (WVHA) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) shall be composed of ten (10) members appointed by the Board, who will serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Board may expand, reduce or abolish the Committee or replace any member without stating a cause. Each Board member shall nominate two (2) prospective members for the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Board’s consideration. Members of the Committee shall serve during the term of office of the Board member who nominated them. There shall be no limit to the number of terms a person may serve on the Committee.
Every Committee member is expected to attend each meeting of the Committee and be a positive and effective contributor to the deliberations of the Committee. Only duly appointed members of the Committee shall vote on the business of the Committee. No proxies or substitutes shall be allowed. After three (3) consecutive unexcused absences, a member’s position shall be declared vacant. The chairperson of the Committee shall have the authority to determine whether a member’s absence is excused. The Chairperson of the Board shall be asked to make appointments to fill any vacant positions.
The WVHA does not directly own or manage any hospital or clinic. It provides funding to hospitals and contracted agencies to support health care for eligible low-income residents of the taxing district.