LONG BEACH, Calif.—Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach is set to open a new $199.5 million patient pavilion at the end of December. The four-story, 124,000 square-foot building houses a pediatric surgery center with seven operating rooms and a pediatric imaging center. The pavilion has 93 neonatal intensive-care-unit beds, with an additional 24 NICU beds to be added later. A family resource center, sibling playroom and meditation sanctuary are also on site. Proposition 61, a statewide children's hospital bond initiative passed in 2004, provided $74 million for the project, and an additional $98 million was obtained with the passage in 2008 of Proposition 3, another children's hospital bond measure. Another $24 million was secured through capital fundraising. Miller Children's admits about 8,000 children annually.
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LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified an agreement with the University of California to jointly restore inpatient hospital services at Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center, formerly known as King/Drew Hospital. The two organizations will now move forward with building and restoring a 120-bed hospital in south Los Angeles, expected to open in December 2012. King Medical Center will be a not-for-profit organization, governed by an independent board, which has yet to be selected. The county will fund $353 million to expand and reopen the facility, while physician services and quality control will be provided by the University of California. The University of California Board of Regents unanimously approved the partnership plan on Nov. 19. King/Drew, also formerly known as King/Harbor, shuttered inpatient facilities in 2007 after losing its contract with the CMS over repeated patient-care violations.
BURLINGAME, Calif.—The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Mills-Peninsula Medical Group are forming a new multispecialty physician group and physician network in San Mateo County, Calif. The new group, called the Peninsula Medical Clinic, will contract with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, an affiliate of Sacramento-based Sutter Health, to provide physician services to residents in the county south of San Francisco, in conjunction with a network of 350 independent physicians who are members of the Mills-Peninsula Medical Group. The new group will initially have 40 family and internal medicine physicians, pediatricians and cardiologists. The Peninsula Medical Clinic will launch April 1, 2010, and was approved by Mills-Peninsula Medical Group shareholders in voting that ended Dec. 9. The Peninsula Medical Clinic will work closely with the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, formed by the merger of three medical groups in January 2008, and composed of more than 900 physicians in the greater Bay Area. In fall 2010, some Mills-Peninsula Medical Group physician offices will relocate to a new building under construction near the Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Calif. Physician recruitment, adoption of uniform electronic health records and better infrastructure in a patient-centered-care model are the goals, officials said. “Our primary-care physicians are aging just as the population is aging and it has been difficult to recruit new primary-care physicians to the community,” said Brian Roach, president of the Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, in a statement. Roach added that the new group aims to attract more than 200 physicians over the next decade.
OAKLAND, Calif.—Kaiser Permanente agreed to pay the U.S. and California $3.75 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that services billed to Medicare and Medicaid as provided by teaching physicians were provided by unsupervised residents. Kaiser discovered the lack of supervision documentation, dating from 1996 to 2002, during an internal review and disclosed the matter to HHS' inspector general's office in 2005. The claims at issue involve four of the company's California operations: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Permanente Medical Group and Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “We are pleased to have reached this settlement, and will continue to work on behalf of our members to maintain the integrity of our documentation and billing processes,” Kaiser said in a written statement.
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