COHOES, N.Y.-Former New York Health Commissioner David Axelrod, M.D., died last week at Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Axelrod, who was 59, had suffered a debilitating stroke in February 1991, forcing him to resign two months later. As head of the state Health Department since 1979, he wrangled with hospital administrators many times over strict regulatory controls affecting quality of care and reimbursement.
PHILADELPHIA-Caring for patients who would be better served in nursing homes or other long-term-care settings has cost area hospitals more than $55 million in the last year, up from $43 million two years ago, the Delaware Valley Hospital Council has concluded. The cost is largely due to a state moratorium on capital reimbursement of new nursing home beds, the council said. Data provided by 46 member hospitals were used to estimate the financial burden of placement problems. The number of days patients remain in the hospital while awaiting placement in nursing homes or other settings rose to 98,000 from 92,000 in 1991, the survey found. DVHC has recommended that the state lift the $22,000 limit on capital reimbursement for nursing home beds. The actual cost is estimated to be $50,000, it said.
HARTFORD, Conn.-Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the first John D. Thompson Award for Excellence in Health Care in honor of its trauma quality-improvement program. Through the program, Saint Francis monitors its improvement of patient care and outcomes. The award was given by the Connecticut Hospital Research and Education Foundation in honor of John Thompson, former head of the hospital administration program at Yale's School of Public Health. He was noted for his work in healthcare quality measurement.