Obama Administration Close To Hospital Deal For Health Reform

July 7, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – As legislatures attempt to create an effective plan or universal healthcare in the United States, the Obama administration has come close to striking a deal with American hospitals that could save as much as $150 billion over 10 years.

The deal will be used to reconfigure the entire US health care system, in order to provide medical care to every American.  47 million Americans are currently uninsured.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to talk about it until there is an announcement,” Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) was quoted by the NY Times.

“I have been very impressed by how groups are coming forward and helping share responsibility and we are getting it from doctors, we are getting it from hospitals, we are getting it from nursing home people, we are getting it from the pharmaceutical industry. By and large, people are stepping up.”

About $100 billion of the savings would come through lower-than-expected Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals, according to industry sources. About $40 billion would be saved by slowly reducing what hospitals get to care for the uninsured, they added. The reductions would probably not begin for several years, after a significant number of people have enrolled in the new insurance programs.


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2 Responses to “Obama Administration Close To Hospital Deal For Health Reform”

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  2. Deborah Calvert on July 8th, 2009 5:22 am

    My mother suffered for nearly one year before she died as a direct result of broken equipment in a Sun Healthcare Hospital. Dr L Scott Stoney, Newport Beach, Calif., Sunbridge’s Medical Director stated:
    There are several incidences of concern in this patients’ case which should be noticed. The frequency of her recurrent pneumonia is concerning as well as the type of pneumonia which she developed were concerning. The infection incidence at Sunbridge Newport was monitored quarterly and it was noted over the national average during infection control meeting in the final quarter of the year 2003. As I was medical director for this facility I had request further evaluation by the staff to the etiology of this occurrence within the facility. Multiple families had complained about this problem. Unfortunately, the administration did not take due diligence in ameliorating this problem in 2003. Lack of sufficient ventilation contributes to pneumonia. This was a sentinel event; however the administration continued to give both patients families and the undersigned a variety of excuses why it was “taking some time” to fix this problem. Upon review of the medical record, it is medically probably that this patients recurrent pneumonia (especially MRSA) was related to the physical facility.

    There is another incidence of concern. Blood pressure monitoring cuffs which were not working in Sunbridge Newport in 2003. This, again, was a sentinel event and of grave concern. As medical director, this was an extraordinary event which prompted my immediate reaction as Medical Director to request the administration immediately order new blood pressure equipment for the safety of the patients within the facility. I was subsequently directly in contact from my Newport Beach private practice office with Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse Special Agent Supervisor Joseph Fendrick to discuss this matter. Unfortunately this was too late for Mrs. Evelyn Calvert, she arrived 7/16/04 to the emergency room in again respiratory distress and she died. Due to the limited response of the administration to meet patient needs, I resigned from Sunbridge Newport Rehabilitation in March, 2004 and gave sixty day notice of my termination as Medical Director from the facility. It is my opinion, as a Board Certified physician ….. that this patients death is within medical probability aggravated or in causation by the failure of the ventilator system within Sunbridge Newport as well as the failure of the blood pressure monitoring devices within the facility.”

    Sun Healthcare had an existing injunction with the State of Calif Attorney General’s office not to have broken equipment and understaff again. We provided this information to them but no one took actions to punish Sun, or fine Sun. The Dept of Health didn’t punish or fine them either. What’s wrong with regulation and oversight? Why did my mother have to die?
    Top management at SUN committed willful misconduct by knowingly ignoring the broken equipment and writing a letter to me that historically the lack of HVAC to patient rooms wasn’t a problem. They chanced a patient dying. One did -it was my mother and I was then cheated out of compensation for wrongful death, elder abuse, injuctive relief, intentional inflicion of emotional distress, and pain and suffering my mother experienced nine months.
    Deborah Calvert, Newport Beach, Calif

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