Landmark http://ripr.org en United Healthcare, Landmark Await Ruling On Network http://ripr.org/post/united-healthcare-landmark-await-ruling-network <p>The public comment period has ended and now the Rhode Island health department must decide whether United Healthcare can cut Landmark Medical Center from its insurance network. The decision could affect thousands of patients.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:59:38 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32569 at http://ripr.org United Healthcare, Landmark Await Ruling On Network Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care http://ripr.org/post/landmarks-new-owner-must-use-rx-monitoring-program-invest-primary-care <p>California-based Prime Healthcare Services won approval earlier this week to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center. But the approval came with conditions. One is that the company keep Rhode Island regulators abreast of a federal investigation it’s under for allegedly over-billing Medicare. Another is that Prime invest in primary care and in preventing hospital re-admissions. The Department of Health expressed some concern about Prime’s practices at other hospitals, but department head Michael Fine said the terms of the deal to acquire Landmark should allay those concerns.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24035 at http://ripr.org Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care What's Next For Landmark http://ripr.org/post/whats-next-landmark <p>The deal still has to close, which officials expect by sometime in December. But now some of the hard work begins. How exactly do you turn a faltering hospital around?</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:32:27 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23948 at http://ripr.org Deal To Acquire Landmark Approved http://ripr.org/post/deal-acquire-landmark-approved <p>Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center is about to turn the page on a long and challenging chapter in its history. The struggling hospital has received regulatory approval to be acquired by a for-profit hospital chain called Prime Healthcare. That means an end to five years of uncertainty for employees, patients, and the community.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:21:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23905 at http://ripr.org Deal To Acquire Landmark Approved Regulators Accept More Public Comment on Landmark Deal http://ripr.org/post/regulators-accept-more-public-comment-landmark-deal <p>State agencies are allowing more public comment, until October 7, on the proposed sale of Woonsocket&rsquo;s Landmark Medical Center to a for-profit chain as the deadline for a decision on the deal approaches.</p><p>Though previous deals have fallen through, Woonsocket officials are still hopeful about a yes vote.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:57:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 22652 at http://ripr.org Regulators Accept More Public Comment on Landmark Deal Landmark in Limbo as Regulators Review Prime's Application, Once Again http://ripr.org/post/landmark-limbo-regulators-review-primes-application-once-again <p>Been wondering what's happening with Landmark Medical Center? So has Woonsocket's mayor, Leo Fontaine. He wrote a letter to Governor Lincoln Chafee, pleading with him to weigh in on the process, use his influence to somehow resolve it. Problem is, regulators say that won't help.</p><p></p><p>Here are excerpts of the mayor's letter to the governor, a copy of which he apparently emailed to several newsrooms, but not to the primary regulators involved in approving or denying Prime Healthcare's application to buy to Landmark Medical Center:</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:46:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17503 at http://ripr.org Landmark in Limbo as Regulators Review Prime's Application, Once Again Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime http://ripr.org/post/landmark-deal-stalls-again-missing-info-prime <p>Rhode Island’s Attorney General and Department of Health officials say they’re suspending their review of Prime Healthcare’s application to buy the Woonsocket-based Landmark Medical Center.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:18:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 12801 at http://ripr.org Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime Prime application to buy Landmark deemed incomplete http://ripr.org/post/prime-application-buy-landmark-deemed-incomplete <p>Rhode Island officials say Prime Healthcare’s application to buy Landmark Medical Center is incomplete.</p><p>The Rhode Island attorney general’s office and the Department of Health are telling Landmark and its suitor, Prime Healthcare, that Prime’s initial application to buy the struggling hospital is missing "a significant amount of information."</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:50:02 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 9622 at http://ripr.org Prime application to buy Landmark deemed incomplete Landmark Medical’s suitor buying up hospitals nationwide http://ripr.org/post/landmark-medical-s-suitor-buying-hospitals-nationwide <p>Prime Healthcare Services, the latest suitor to try to buy Woonsocket’s struggling Landmark Medical Center, is “on a buying spree,” says <a href="http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20121013/MAGAZINE/310139971">Modern Healthcare magazine</a>. Prime has closed deals on six financially troubled hospitals and announced its intent to buy Landmark in the past year. The story mention’s Prime’s public relations problems, including a tussle with the Service Employees International Union and an investigation over its billing practices in California, where the firm is based.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8280 at http://ripr.org Hospital Prices and Payments, In Brief http://ripr.org/post/hospital-prices-and-payments-brief <p>This afternoon, I joined RIPR’s All Things Considered host Dave Fallon to talk about what’s happening with hospital prices and something called “payment reform.” You can listen to a recording of that discussion <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1944359/RIPR.News/A.Conversation.About.Hospital.Payments.and.Prices">here</a>.</p><p>For those of you who want to dig in to the issue, here are links to a few reports, studies, and articles I found helpful. Please feel free to let me know about others.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay & kr 8324 at http://ripr.org