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.