Roundup: Calif. hospitals fined over serious errors; Mass. pharmacy waiting period continues; Hospitals acquiring 'tough reimbursement climate' in Alabama?

Published on December 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM · No Comments

Los Angeles Times: 10 California Hospitals Fined For Serious Errors
Ten California hospitals received fines Thursday for errors that resulted in either serious injury or death to a patient. The California Department of Public Health issued a total of $785,000 in penalties for errors that include removing the wrong kidney, leaving surgical objects behind and failing to call for assistance when a patient began bleeding excessively (Gorman, 12/21).

The Boston Globe: State Regulators Say Controversial 21-Day Waiting Period For Closed Pharmacies Will Remain
State regulators said Thursday they will keep the most controversial aspect of emergency regulations tightening oversight of Massachusetts compounding pharmacies, despite protests from several pharmacy groups. At issue is a new rule, adopted by the Board of Registration in Pharmacy on Nov. 1, that ­allows the state to shut down a pharmacy for 21 days without a hearing to "protect the public health, safety or welfare" (Lazar, 12/20).

Modern Healthcare: Idaho System Moves Ahead With Deal To Acquire State's Largest Doc Practice
St. Luke's Health System in Idaho intends to close on its embattled acquisition of the state's largest physician practice, Saltzer Medical Group, now that a judge has issued a favorable ruling in a lawsuit challenging the sale. ... Winmill's ruling noted that his decision not to grant an injunction stopping the sale was based on an assumption that Saltzer doctors would not stop referring patients to St. Alphonsus once they start working for its competitor (Carlson, 12/20).

Modern Healthcare: Capella Leaves Alabama's 'Tough Reimbursement Climate'
Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn., has sold its remaining facility in Alabama, citing a "tough reimbursement climate" that makes the state one of the most challenging in which to operate. ... It was almost exactly a year ago when Capella, which has 15 acute-care and specialty hospitals in seven states, first started its exit from its Southern neighbor (Kutscher, 12/20).

The Associated Press: Official: Abortion Rights Not Behind Voided Pact
An attorney for Planned Parenthood who asked a federal judge Thursday to block the state from cutting the agency from a nutritional program argues that the organization's support of abortion rights played a role in the decision, but Oklahoma's health commissioner says that was not the case. ... Effective Dec. 31, the state plans to end agreements it has had with Planned Parenthood for the last 18 years due to the uncertainty of federal funds and a higher cost-per-participant rate at clinics in west Tulsa, midtown Tulsa and Broken Arrow (Talley, 12/20).

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