Within the next few weeks – even days – the hospital that has
been saving lives in this rural Plumas County community since
1910 may itself face mortality.
Eastern Plumas Health Care is confronting a combination of
reductions in its Medi-Cal reimbursements that amount to as much
as 25 percent of the total, said Tom Hayes, administrator of the
75-bed hospital. (Little, Sacramento Bee 2/27/13)
Could the three hospitals in Plumas County consolidate? Not
Could the three hospitals in Plumas County collaborate? Yes, but
it could take some time.
“We’ve met for nine months and gummed this to death,” Plumas
District Hospital CEO Doug Lafferty said during a recent
interview. “Let’s finish the community needs assessment and
figure out how to work together. I don’t want to talk
collaboration until we know what we need to collaborate on.”
Hospital officials in California’s rural counties say the latest
round of cuts to Medi-Cal could leave thousands of the state’s
neediest people without access to medical care.
At particular risk, they say, are elderly and long-term patients
who need skilled-nursing care.
“This is a real crisis,” said Anthony Wright, executive director
of Health Access California, a patient advocacy group. “We have
been skeptical of providers’ claims in other areas, but not with
Medi-Cal cuts.” (Smith, Sacramento Bee 11/30/11)
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