Christ Hospital in Cincinnati has asked a judge to find the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati in contempt, arguing that its former parent has blocked its attempts to establish independence.
The 470-bed hospitals immediate concern was a plan to move its patient-access team this weekend from an alliance building to its own site, according to a motion filed Nov. 29 in Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas. Judge Fred Nelson in April ruled that Christ Hospital, along with the two St. Luke hospitals in Kentucky, was within its rights to sever ties with the alliance. The motion argues that the alliance has locked Christ Hospital out of the computer systems needed to make the move, violating the judges order.
Without the ability to access the system, no one will be available to conduct basic patient registration and scheduling tasks, Christ Hospital argues in the filing.
Alliance spokesman Tony Condia said the system is protecting its contracts. The fact is our licenses that access various software programs are in the name of the Health Alliance and are very explicit on how they can be used (and) where they can be used, Condia said.
The parties met Nov. 30 with Nelson, who advised Christ Hospital to work out a solution with the vendors, according to both sides.
On Monday we expect the patient-access team to be up and running in the new location, Christ Hospital spokeswoman Heather Adkins said. If not, she added, the hospital will go back to the judge to press the contempt motion. Meanwhile, a hearing scheduled for Dec. 7 will address Christ Hospitals contention that the entire alliance, which has three remaining hospitals and a fourth under construction, should be dissolved. -- by Gregg Blesch
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