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SAN DIEGO— Scripps Health, San Diego, is re­struc­tur­ing its five hos­pi­tals and 20 out­pa­tient cen­ters un­der a new man­age­ment model in an ef­fort to cut costs and min­i­mize job re­duc­tions. The move, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, is part of a plan to lower the sys­tem’s costs ahead of an­tic­i­pated cuts in Medi­care re­im­burse­ment be­cause of health­care re­form and cuts by pri­vate pay­ers. The re­struc­tur­ing ef­fort, which be­gan on Oct. 1, will di­vide the sys­tem into four op­er­a­tional di­vi­sions. They are the cor­po­rate med­i­cal di­vi­sion, led by Scripps Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Brent East­man; the clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion, man­aged by Cor­po­rate Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Bar­bara Price; the sup­port ser­vices di­vi­sion, led by Cor­po­rate Se­nior VP John Arm­strong; and the ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices di­vi­sion. No lead ex­ec­u­tive was iden­ti­fied for ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, but that di­vi­sion will cover fi­nance, hu­man re­sources, le­gal, govern­ment af­fairs and sev­eral other ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease. Scripps said its new hor­i­zon­tal co-man­age­ment struc­ture will be im­ple­mented across all of its fa­cil­i­ties to re­duce vari­a­tions in pa­tient care and re­dun­dan­cies in its staffing and sup­ply chain. A pre­lim­i­nary au­dit sug­gested the move could save the sys­tem $150 mil­lion an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

ANA­HEIM, Calif.— Ana­heim Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal has achieved re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the CMS af­ter los­ing its con­tract with the fed­eral agency in July 2009, ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal. The 126-bed hos­pi­tal hired a new lead­er­ship team and worked with state and fed­eral sur­vey­ors to make changes to im­prove qual­ity and safety at the fa­cil­ity, of­fi­cials an­nounced. This in­cluded buy­ing new lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment and im­ple­ment­ing clin­i­cal and pa­tientsafety sys­tems as well as new com­pli­ance and per­for­mance-im­prove­ment sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal news re­lease. The hos­pi­tal will re­ceive re­im­burse­ment for Med­i­caid and Medi­care pa­tients treated ef­fec­tive Sept. 7. The CMS no­ti­fied the for­profit hos­pi­tal of its re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in a let­ter sent Oct. 20, ac­cord­ing to the CMS. “Achiev­ing re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was the No. 1 goal of our new lead­er­ship team, and we could not have at­tained it with­out the ex­tra­or­di­nary ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of our physi­cians, nurses and staff,” Ana­heim Gen­eral CEO Tom Salerno said in

Af­ter los­ing its con­tract with the CMS in July 2009, Ana­heim Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal

has been re­cer­ti­fied.

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