The Acute Long Term Hospital Association has named Phillip Douglas, president of LifeCare Hospitals, as the organization's board president.
Before he joined LifeCare in 2006, Douglas, 51, led healthcare services and information technology solutions at various companies across the country. Plano, Texas-based LifeCare is a network of 19 specialty acute-care hospitals in nine states. He co-founded HealthSpring, a physician-practice management company, which was later bought by MetraHealth Cos., and, subsequently, by UnitedHealth Group, where Douglas served as senior vice president of finance for both companies. Later, he founded Management and Technology Solutions, a health IT company, which was later purchased by the TriZetto Group.
In a news release about Douglas' appointment, ALTHA CEO William Walters said the organization shares Douglas' belief that “LTAC hospital unity is a key prerequisite in working successfully with Medicare and other health plans.”
The organization said that, as president, Douglas will continue ALTHA's work in promoting legislation that will stabilize the regulatory environment of LTAC hospitals. Currently, ALTHA is conducting a study with the National Association of Long Term Hospitals to identify industry best practices and standards.