Providence Health & Services is seeking a certificate of need from the state of Alaska to enlarge its Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. The campus modernization project, called Generations, will expand the newborn neonatal intensive-care unit to 66 beds from 47 beds, update the prenatal and maternity-care units, and add a second operating room for cardiac surgery, among other initiatives. The $150.3 million project is slated to begin in January 2011 and be completed in December 2014. About 100,800 square feet of the existing hospital will be remodeled, and an 85,800square-foot building will be built. A public hearing on the certificate of need proposal was held April 14, and a decision from the state is expected this summer, said officials at not-for-profit Providence Health & Services.
The California Medical Association withdrew from a physician performance initiative led by Blue Shield of California, saying that it is flawed and could mislead patients. Beginning June 1, the Blue Ribbon Recognition Program will measure the performance of 13,000 highvolume California physicians on quality standards. Physicians with above-average scores in eight measures, including preventive screenings and diabetes, will get a blue ribbon icon added to the online profile on Blue Shield of California’s website. The program is not based on cost. AARP, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Service Employees International Union are backing the program, which was crafted with the Pacific Business Group on Health. Michael-Anne Browne, Blue Shield of California’s medical director for quality, said in a statement that quality data for individual physicians has been lacking. “That changes today,” Browne said, “thanks to a diverse group of stakeholders who worked collaboratively to determine how the data should be collected, tallied and responsibly reported to the public.” But the California Medical Association says the measures do not give a complete picture of a physician’s
Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage is seeking a certificate of need from the state for a $150.3 million project to expand and remodel its campus.