NEW YORK-Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn signed a formal agreement to affiliate with Beth Israel Health Care System, the regional healthcare network operated by Beth Israel Medical Center. Under the agreement, patients of 254-bed Victory Memorial and its 150-bed skilled-nursing facility will have access to Beth Israel's clinical resources. Also, Brooklyn residents who are patients of Beth Israel may receive care at the community hospital. As a network affiliate, Victory Memorial and its attending physicians also expect to gain leverage in managed-care contracting.
PHILADELPHIA-Jeanes Hospital has agreed to be acquired by Temple University Health System. The agreement, effective June 30, seals discussions that began more than a year ago (June 26, 1995, p. 36). Jeanes will retain its name, current management and Quaker tradition. The hospital will be governed by a new 22-member board of directors and also will be represented on the boards of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital. With the addition of Jeanes, Temple University Health System now controls close to 1,000 acute-care beds and more than 1,300 owned or affiliated physician practices. Late last month, Temple University Hospital also laid off 180 people from a variety of union and nonunion positions. A spokesman said cutbacks in federal and state reimbursements and changes in the marketplace brought about by the shift to managed care prompted the layoffs.
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Three healthcare organizations based in Buffalo plan to pursue a merger. The boards of Buffalo General Health System, Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Health System intend to establish a new regional system with its own governance. However, many details of the proposed combination, such as whether the new entity would control all the assets and liabilities of the three organizations, have yet to be worked out, said Michael Shaw, a spokesman for Buffalo General. A joint committee will evaluate the feasibility of merging the institutions. The evaluation is expected to be completed by year-end.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge signed into law a measure that requires all insurance carriers to cover at least 48 hours of inpatient care following a normal birth and 96 hours after a Caesarean section. If a doctor authorizes an earlier release, the insurer must cover at least one home healthcare visit. The measure, which takes effect in 60 days, also contains anti-gag rule language that protects providers who talk to patients about their insurance coverage. State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie (R-Delaware County), chairman of the House insurance committee, was the measure's chief sponsor.