Two Tenet Hospitals – At one Cardiologists get paid for being on call, But not at the other Locations where Doctors are threaten
Posted Jun 08 2009 10:56pm
At the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital, the cardiologists are threatening to quit being on call unless they get paid to come in to treat emergency patients. Negotiations are still in process. The doctors state that patient volumes are down as well as income and they want the same benefits as the other facility.
Just last week Tenet announced their new affiliation with business intelligence from Med 3000 a company they own 20% of, so things will be changing all the way around as business intelligence software adds more focus on cost, something that every hospital seems to be working on today. With profits down and 43% of the hospitals being in the red for the first quarter, the focus appears to be on the money in order to survive. Will the dream of good healthcare ever make it? BD
PALM BEACH GARDENS — Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center's heart doctors are threatening to quit being available to treat emergency heart attack victims because the hospital won't pay them to be on call.
The hospital has nine cardiologists who perform emergency angioplasties on heart attack patients.
Done during or immediately after a heart attack, the clot-busting procedure is the gold standard for treatment.
Cardiologists for decades volunteered to be on call but now say they should be paid to make up for lost office time, getting stuck with uninsured patients and being taken away from their families at night. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. owns both Good Sam and Palm Beach Gardens Medical.