SAN DIEGO-Las Vegas-based Transitional Hospitals Corp. and San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare have agreed to open California's first extended critical-care "hospital within a hospital" at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital in San Diego. "The concept is to efficiently utilize beds that are currently not being used in over-bedded communities," said Jeffrey Simmons, chief executive officer of THC San Diego, a Transitional division to be located within Sharp Cabrillo. THC San Diego will have access to on-site ancillary services such as a laboratory and radiology as well as an operating room and an intensive-care unit with 24-hour access to specialty physicians. Sharp Cabrillo will designate 48 of its 233 beds to THC, which will be licensed separately as an acute-care hospital and independently accredited.
LONG BEACH, Calif.-American Family Care of Utah, a subsidiary of Long Beach-based Molina Medical Centers, has received a Utah insurance license that will allow Molina to expand beyond California. The HMO is applying to begin enrolling Medicaid beneficiaries in Utah in July. Molina recently won contracts worth as much as $1.5 billion to serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Riverside, Calif., and San Bernardino, Calif., through Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. Utah has partnered with five other managed-care companies to serve its 80,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.
SIGNAL HILL, Calif.-The California Department of Health Services has allowed Universal Care, an HMO based in Signal Hill, to resume Medi-Cal enrollment. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. The state suspended the HMO's enrollment of beneficiaries in March, citing offers of kickbacks to physicians, criminal charges against employees and marketing violations. The department ordered the HMO to strengthen monitoring of its marketing activities and retrain its sales force. It also "conditionally approved" Universal's marketing plans, allowing the HMO to submit enrollment forms through an independent firm working with the state to enroll beneficiaries. Universal is a subcontractor for Foundation Health Corp., which won the multibillion-dollar Medi-Cal managed-care contract for Los Angeles County.