LAS VEGAS-Medical Innovations, a Houston-based home-care concern, has signed a contract with Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas to manage its hospital-based home-care department. Terms of the agreement weren't released. The company will manage and coordinate start-up operations for the hospital. Medical Innovations provides specialized home nursing and private duty services, high-tech outpatient healthcare services, homemaker services, intravenous therapies and medical staffing services to hospitals nationwide (See related story, p. 50).
BERKELEY, Calif.-The California Nurses Association has filed a second lawsuit against Alta Bates Medical Center seeking an injunction to block the hospital from implementing a work redesign program. The plan, which would cut the number of registered nurses, involves unlicensed staff assuming certain nursing duties under the supervision of registered nurses. In its second suit, filed in the same court, the CNA says the plan endangers patients and violates state nursing laws, Department of Health Service regulations and the CNA-Alta Bates collective bargaining contract. Joined by labor groups, the CNA filed a class-action suit in Alameda County Superior Court Sept. 13, alleging consumer fraud and violation of free speech (Sept. 19, p. 14). Alta Bates says the work redesign, a response to declining hospital use, would increase the amount of direct patient care a nurse provides. Hospital executives called the suit frivolous and lacking in merit, and accused the union of trying to block needed changes.
COSTA MESA, Calif.-Abbey Healthcare Group has entered into an agreement with OrNda HealthCorp to provide comprehensive home-care services to OrNda patients. Financial terms of the agreement weren't released. As part of the deal, Abbey will provide respiratory therapy, home infusion, home medical equipment and women's health services. Nashville, Tenn.-based OrNda owns and operates 46 facilities in 15 states. Since July 2, the close of Abbey's second quarter, the company has added 61 new contracts, bringing the total number of agreements to 1,029. Abbey provides comprehensive home-care services through 230 branches in 49 states.
OAKLAND, Calif.-Many physicians at Highland Hospital in Oakland, informed that they would be suspended if they failed to provide signatures on patient charts, have responded by setting aside time to sign charts, a hospital spokeswoman said. HCFA officials told the hospital that it would face the possible loss of federal funding unless it improved its record-keeping. The "overwhelming majority" of inadequacies in record-keeping resulted from a simple lack of physician signatures, the spokeswoman said. "We've worked really hard at compliance, and we intend to continue," she said>