The U.S. Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation of Swedish Health’s neurosurgery unit, officials said Wednesday.
The Seattle Times published an investigation of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute last month, exposing turmoil and a range of internal concerns about patient care.
The Times documented how some surgeons ran multiple operating rooms at the same time. And patient-safety indicators showed the Swedish-Cherry Hill campus, where the neuroscience institute is based, lagging behind peer hospitals on some measures.
By Susan Jaffe
Kaiser Health News
Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights.
For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for the services Medicare doesn’t cover for observation patients, including some drugs and expensive nursing home care.
The notice may cushion the shock but probably not settle the issue.
When patients are too sick to go home but not sick enough to be admitted, observation care gives doctors time to figure out what’s wrong. It is considered an outpatient service, like a doctor’s visit.
Unless their care falls under a new Medicare bundled-payment category, observation patients pay a share of the cost of each test, treatment or other services.
And if they need nursing home care to recover their strength, Medicare won’t pay for it because that coverage requires a prior hospital admission of at least three consecutive days. Observation time doesn’t count. [Read more…] about Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only
By Julie Lasson, for ProPublica
The young woman’s water broke late one morning in August 2014, as she stood in the bathroom of her home in rural Kentucky.
Her mother rushed her to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. She signed a slip at the front desk, listing her chief complaint as “labor.”
But Jewish Hospital had closed its obstetrics department eight years earlier.
“We don’t deliver babies here,” the nurse told the woman over the phone, not realizing that she was calling from inside the emergency room, a government inspection found.
With no help offered, the woman and her mother went to a nearby gas station and called 911. An ambulance took her to a hospital 24 miles away, where she delivered a baby girl via C-section. [Read more…] about Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor
The high-producing neurosurgeon who has led a dramatic shift in the business at Swedish Health has resigned, officials said Wednesday, less than three weeks after a Seattle Times investigation exposed widespread concerns about his practices.