The Senate Finance Committee has issued a memorandum correcting the number of emergency
calls that Arizona specialty hospitals made to transfer patients for emergency care
services, which subsequently led to an investigation of the facilities.
An Aug. 24 Daily Dose item cited a Senate Finance Committee letter to Arizona
specialty hospitals and surgery centers that said a Phoenix television station had
reported that more than 150 patients had been transported to full-service community
hospitals after area specialty hospitals made 911 calls. According to the television
station and the committees memo, the actual number of 911-based transfers from specialty
hospitals was 16; the remaining calls came from surgery centers.
The committee, which sent a list of questions to the specialty hospitals and surgery
centers last month, has received some responses and is waiting for others, according to an
aide in Sen. Chuck Grassleys (R-Iowa) office. Grassley serves as ranking member of the
Senate Finance Committee. -- by Jessica
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