The U.S. Supreme Court upholds hospitals' right to sue states in federal court over the adequacy of Medicaid payment rates.
The New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service unveils a pilot program to accredit hospitals based on the amount of benefits they provide to their communities.
The American Medical Association calls for the resignation of HHS Inspector General Richard Kusserow, whom the AMA claims has abused his authority in pursuing cases of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud by physicians.
A study sponsored by the Federation of American Healthcare Systems says most Americans oppose cutbacks in Medicare to reduce the federal deficit.
Columbia Hospital Corp. hires David Vandewater, a former top executive at Republic Health Corp., as its new senior vice president of operations.
Carol McCarthy resigns as president of the American Hospital Association.
BY THE NUMBERS
Some 63% of hospitals nationwide have admitted at least one AIDS patient, says a study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles' Center for Health Sciences.
Some 29% of hospitals are offering their executives a bonus or incentive plan as part of their compensation packages, says a report from consulting firm William M. Mercer.
Reform. The American Hospital Association's board of trustees approves a plan for the AHA to draft its own national healthcare reform policy. The American Medical Association unveils its national healthcare reform plan.
Columbia Hospital Corp. The 2-year-old hospital chain based in Fort Worth, Texas, becomes a publicly traded company after its merger with Smith Laboratories, a San Diego-based medical product company. However, it pulls the plug on its first acquisition of a not-for-profit hospital system, Baptist Hospitals and Health Systems of Phoenix, because of tax-related obstacles.
COVER STORY Oct. 15, 1990
Take a growing number of corporate payers desperate to reduce their healthcare costs. Add hospital executives who are just as anxious to maximize dwindling patient revenues. Sprinkle in equal portions of optimism and mistrust between the two longtime antagonists. The result is direct contracting between providers and employers, "the hot new selection on the managed-care menu," we report.
Hospitals are getting together with employers to arrange deals for delivery of healthcare services without the assistance of a third party, said a survey of 111 hospitals conducted earlier this year by Witt Associates, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based healthcare consulting firm.
"We're at gridlock (on national healthcare reform). To change the system in a radical way would be extremely difficult without a major crisis because of all the players that have staked out their turf for 25 to 30 years."
-Lawrence McAndrews, president and CEO of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.