Marriott Health Care Services, based in Avon, Conn., and Atlanta-based PFCA have formed a venture called Marriott Pathways for Support Services to provide methods and resources for the restructuring of support services operations at healthcare facilities. The companies said the venture aims to tap Marriott's experience in support services management and PFCA's expertise in hospitalwide re-engineering without the need for extensive on-site consulting teams or ongoing management from outside companies that take up residence at the facility.
A state district judge last week set an Aug. 19 trial date for a lawsuit in which the state of Texas and Texas Medical Center in Houston are suing St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. Texas Medical Center wants to prevent the not-for-profit hospital from negotiating a deal with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., the nation's largest for-profit healthcare services company (May 20, p. 8). Earlier this month, the state's attorney general joined Texas Medical Center in the suit.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance last week released the first group of accreditation summary reports providing consumers and purchasers with more detailed information about accreditation decisions on individual health plans. Each report consists of a two-page synopsis that includes scores in the six broad areas of the NCQA's accreditation standards as well as how the scores relate to a national average of all plans evaluated by the Washington-based NCQA (Oct. 2, 1995, p. 33). The initial release includes 48 health plans, and the agency expects about eight to 10 new reports will become available each month. Reports are available free on the NCQA's World Wide Web site, http: www.ncqa.org, or for $3 each through its publications center, 800-839-6487.
Michael Linn was named chief executive officer of California region physician services for Tenet Healthcare Corp., an investor-owned hospital chain based in Santa Barbara, Calif. Linn, who will be based in Encino, Calif., will be responsible for Tenet's management services organization in the state. Linn formerly was executive vice president of Healthcare Partners, a physician-owned managed-care medical group in Los Angeles with 150 doctors and 20 health centers.