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Joint Commission Grades Prime HealthCare Hospitals at Top Performers-Cadillac ER Rooms

Posted Sep 14 2011 11:02pm

If you read in the news, the hospital chain has had their other issues outside of the JACO standards in California in the last couple of years. I live and drive by one in Huntington Beach and the parking lot usually has no more than about a half a dozen cars in the lot, unlike how it used to be before the acquisition.  On the other side of the coin if Prime has not bought it, the hospital may not have been there today.  Kaiser and Prime went around and around on billing too for a number of years for patients seen out of network for balance due billing, but I guess JACO focuses only on the facility and patient care itself.  It’s kind of strange that way as you don’t maybe get the full picture from all aspects. 

Prime Healthcare Under Investigation for High Infection Rates in California in Four Hospitals

Perhaps if I had these above issues along with a lawsuit from the state of California I too would probably want to focus on something done right.  As I understand they are beginning to negotiate with insurance carriers which was something they did not do for a number of years and thus the ER room hospitals were created.  No doubt though it would not be as easy to meet the same standards for a big busier facility though.  BD

ONTARIO, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Joint Commission on Wednesday Recognized Nine Hospitals Either Owned or Operated by Prime Healthcare Services as Top National Performers on Key Quality Measures

Out of more than 3,000 hospitals across the country, these hospitals – Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Paradise Valley Medical Center, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, West Anaheim Medical Center, Encino Hospital Medical Center and Montclair Hospital Medical Center – were recognized based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma.

"Today the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and the Joint Commission is shining a light on the top-performing hospitals that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.


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