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AN­CHOR­AGE, Alaska—

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.

SACRA­MENTO—

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.

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