HOSPITAL OUSTS E.R. DOCTORS SVH GOVERNING BOARD OFFERS NO DETAILS; VOWS SERVICE WILL BE UNAFFECTED.Byline: Rachel Uranga Staff Writer
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Simi Valley Hospital is in the process of building a new wing to the hospital. terminated contracts with its nine emergency room doctors this week.
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board - a committee having supervisory powers; "the board has seven members" dropped the doctors, who had been operating on month-to-month contracts, but board members declined to detail why they took the action.
``(The board) felt it was the best interest of the hospital,'' said Margaret Peterson, chief executive officer for the nonprofit hospital, which is owned by Roseville-based Adventist Health.
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None of the physicians was allowed in the closed-door meeting Thursday. Some officials on the board said the move came after years of repeated warnings about incomplete paperwork.
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Representatives from Simi Valley-based Equality Emergency Medical Group, a physicians group that included the emergency room doctors, declined to comment.
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``The board was not happy with the company. It's not that they were bad doctors ... but if you have a form that is required by Medicaid, you have to fill out every square.''
The move follows complaints to the federal Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Medicare and Medicaid
U.S. government programs in effect since 1966. Medicare covers most people 65 or older and those with long-term disabilities. Part A, a hospital insurance plan, also pays for home health visits and hospice care. Services, alleging sloppy paperwork and mishandling of psychiatric patients seeking emergency help.
Last year, state investigators who visited the hospital between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3 found that among 25 patients surveyed, the emergency staff failed to adequately screen nine of nine psychiatric patients and neglected to send medical records with six patients who transferred to other facilities, according to according to
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In each of the cases, the hospital defended its practices and has submitted a plan of correction to state and federal agencies overseeing the investigation.
The federal complaint alleges the doctors properly screened patients for medically problems but allowed the county's mental health crisis team - rather than physicians - to document and perform psychiatric screening of unstable patients.
Hospital officials defended the practice as a standard set by the county and are continuing to negotiate with investigators on an agreement.
Under some circumstances, hospitals that are out of compliance can lose Medicare dollars.
Rachel Uranga, (805) 583-7602