Provena Health, Mokena, Ill., which has been fighting a property-tax case with implications for hospitals nationwide, said its president and CEO of five years, William Foley, resigned for personal and professional reasons. Foley, 56, wasnt available for comment. A Provena spokeswoman said she didnt know if he had received another job offer. Provena Board Chairman Guy Wiebking, 58, will lead the six-hospital Catholic system in the interim. In October, Provena lost a dispute with the Illinois Department of Revenue over property taxes at its Urbana, Ill., hospital, a decision it has appealed.
University Hospital, New Orleans, reopened with 85 beds and 14 operating rooms after having been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina hit in fall 2005. The hospital previously operated with about 200 beds. Charity Hospital, its partner facility, which staffed more than 300 beds, is not scheduled to reopen. A spokeswoman for the hospitals parent organization, the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, said University expects to reach its goal of staffing 150 beds in fairly short order.
The Medicaid Commission voted to recommend that states authorize new programs to place dual eligible beneficiaries into managed-care programs modeled after Medicare Advantage but managed by the states. The plans would integrate Medicare and Medicaid benefits, with the federal government providing financial support for Medicare services through a risk-adjusted capitated system of Medicare payments. States and the federal government would continue to share the costs of the Medicaid benefit. The goal would be to provide more predictability in budgeting, but critics said that the recommendation and other commission language contained in the preliminary report focuses less on assisting Medicaids poor and disabled, and more on containing costs.
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