Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., said it will participate in two voluntary quality initiatives, including a program pushed by the hospital industry to head off a proposed Medicare rule requiring publication of patient survey results. Tenet said 111 of its 114 hospitals -- three aren't eligible -- will collect and make public performance data related to three medical conditions as part of the hospital industry-backed effort. Tenet also will take part in the 2003 survey being conducted by the Leapfrog Group, a business-supported organization devoted to improving healthcare quality. Tenet said all but 14 hospitals, which the company has slated for sale or closure, will participate. The announcement comes two days before Tenet's annual meeting with shareholders, set for Wednesday in Los Angeles, and three days after a grand jury approved 17-count indictments against a Tenet subsidiary and its 311-bed Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, San Diego. The indictments allege that the hospital made $10 million in illegal payments to physicians under terms of physician relocation agreements. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet commits its hospitals to quality efforts
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