ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.-Louisville, Ky.-based Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services terminated its management contract for 276-bed Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. Jewish had initially agreed to manage the hospital from April 1995 to April 1998. But Jewish did not agree with Hardin's decision to create an open-heart surgery program and decided to exit the contract early. Jewish owns three hospitals and manages seven others, including Hardin, in Kentucky and Indiana. A spokeswoman for Jewish said this is the first time the system has ended a contract with one of its facilities. She said Jewish based its decision on a consultant's report showing that it wouldn't be feasible for the not-for-profit hospital to maintain the new surgery program. She said Jewish did not feel confident that Hardin could supply the equipment and manpower needed to support the program and feared the initiative could result in losses of more than $1 million a year. The Hardin County Fiscal Court, which oversees the county-owned hospital, has begun a search for a replacement for Jewish.
TAMPA, Fla.-Florida Professional Psychological Services, a division of Lewisville, Texas-based Horizon Mental Health Management, entered a specialty provider agreement with Well Care HMO to provide behavioral healthcare services to Florida Medicaid and commercially insured enrollees. Horizon said annual revenues under the contract's initial one-year term are expected to be about $2.1 million.
MIAMI-The Florida Hospital Association has named Fred M. Messing to chair the new statewide Task Force on Quality and the Public. Messing is chief executive officer of Baptist Hospital of Miami. The task force is working on recommendations for publishing outcomes data, such as expected mortality and complication rates for medical procedures and illnesses. The group includes representatives of the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Nurses Association, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.