HCA issued an updated statement late today about some of its clinical and business practices in anticipation of what it said is an upcoming second New York Times story critical of the Nashville-based hospital chain.
The two-page update (PDF) to the original four-page statement addresses such issues as emergency room practices, rates of pressure ulcers and private equity investments from several sources, including Bain Capital, the Frist Family and KKR.
In the updated statement, HCA said it uses industry-accepted standards in seeking reimbursement for emergency care. The company said the rate of pressure ulcers at its hospitals is well below the national average for all hospitals. And, it said, “KKR and Bain Capital, as well as the Frist Family, have been valued partners, and we look forward to their continued involvement with the company.”