February 18, 2013
Throughout the debate and the recent implementation of health care reform, health experts and politicians alike have touted the shift away from the fee-for-service model to more coordinated care, leading to better outcomes and lowered spending.
Beginning this year, however, the financial health of hospitals will likely depend on just how well care is coordinated, as a relatively little-known yet critically important piece of the Affordable Care Act is enacted: the “Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program,” overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
February 18, 2013
Value-Based Purchasing is a Medicare program started in January that seeks to hold hospitals accountable for the care they provide.
Last year, Medicare rolled out penalties for hospitals that have too many returning patients within a month.
This chart shows the effect of the two programs combined.
February 18, 2013
GREENBRAE — Marin General Hospital’s lease is set to expire in 2015, and both the health care district and the nonprofit that oversee functions of the hospital have agreed on terms of a new lease that they will put to voters in an upcoming June election.
January 28, 2013
St. Helena-based Albion Surveys announced John “Steve” Parrish as the newest member to its land surveying team. …
Cardiologist Monica Divakaruni, M.D., has joined Adventist Health-operated St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. …
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation announced the addition of Aruna Krishnan Jayaraman, M.D., to its network of gastroenterologists in Santa Rosa. …
Francine Halberg, M.D., radiation oncologist and breast cancer specialist at Marin General Hospital’s Marin Cancer Institute, is among 12 nationally prominent researchers and physicians named as 2012 Fellows of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. …
Tammy Brawner, a former Dominican University of California women’s basketball player and Dominican MBA grad from Oakland and Skyline High School, is the 10th female to play for the Harlem Globetrotters in its history. …
Marin Theatre Company’s board of directors has named Michael Barker as the nonprofit theater company’s new managing director. …
Jade Barrett has been named winemaker for the Howell Mountain Cabernet house. …
January 16, 2013
[Updated Wednesday, Jan. 16, 3:30 p.m.] GREENBRAE — Roughly a year after being dismissed from the long-running legal dispute between Marin General Hospital and Sutter Health, former hospital board chair Robert Heller was awarded $848,202 in legal fees and costs from the suit brought forth by the Marin Healthcare District, his attorneys said Tuesday.
Marin General, meanwhile, revealed Wednesday that it was awarded roughly $11 million in legal fees and costs as a result of being declared the prevailing party over Sutter Health.
December 31, 2012
In the next 12 to 18 months, the North Bay will see significant hospital and health care construction, with at least half a dozen major projects entering key phases or reaching completion.
December 21, 2012
GREENBRAE — The county of Marin approved a new 10-year trauma contract with Marin General Hospital, the county’s only designated trauma center.
The hospital also was recently reverified as a Level III trauma center by the American College of Surgeons.
December 17, 2012
Three North Bay hospitals received “A” grades for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, considered the industry standard for hospital surveys. Kaiser Permanente hospitals in San Rafael and Santa Rosa and St. Joseph Health-operated Petaluma Valley Hospital each received the ranking from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. …
Sound Physicians, a Tacoma-based hospitalist organization, announced an agreement to provide comprehensive hospitalist services at Sonoma Valley Hospital. …
Operation Access, a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize a network of medical volunteers, hospitals and community health centers to provide access to surgeons for low-income and uninsured people, recently held its celebration of volunteers at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. …
Partnership Health Plan of California recently honored the Petaluma Health Center for achieving 100 percent of the nonprofit, managed Medi-Cal health plans’ goals. …
Sutter Health announced the appointment of Stephen Nolte as chief executive officer of Sutter’s recently announced health plan, which is currently in development in Sacramento. …
St. Helena Hospital recently raised $1.5 million at its annual foundation gala held at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville. …
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, plans to introduce legislation that would expand the powers of nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other health care workers as a means to address a shortage of primary care physicians, a problem that experts have long warned will be exacerbated by health care reform. …
December 3, 2012
SEBASTOPOL — The Palm Drive Healthcare District on Monday will decide if it should transfer operations of its medical clinic to the Prima Medical Foundation, a move that, if approved, could help the 37-bed hospital bolster its finances while perhaps recruiting new physicians and adding new services.
October 22, 2012
GREENBRAE — Marin General Hospital recently unveiled a newly built emergency department that the 235-bed hospital said will significantly improve care and patient satisfaction.
September 24, 2012
Now that Western Health Advantage formally announced its expansion into the North Bay, existing care providers said the arrival of a new health plan is an important step in providing choice for employers and consumers and will help those involved move toward a more integrated model of care.
It also caps off years of planning among the region’s hospitals and independent physicians, who collectively sought collaborations amid an increasingly competitive, consolidating health care landscape spurred by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
September 17, 2012
GREENBRAE — Marin General Hospital released a draft environmental impact report for a roughly $500 million rebuild project that will bring the 235-bed level III trauma center in line with state seismic measures while improving other features.
September 14, 2012
Western Health Advantage formally announced its plan to expand into the North Bay, adding Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties to its roster with hopes of offering a commercial health plan for employers and individuals by Jan. 1.
The Sacramento-based HMO in June only listed Sonoma and Marin counties for expansion, but it later included Napa County.
September 3, 2012
The Marin-Sonoma IPA announced its name is now Meritage Medical Network, citing a need to identify itself beyond specific geographic areas as it charts future growth while signaling a first step to becoming an accountable care organization, or ACO. …
Mark Zielazinski has joined Marin General Hospital as chief information and technology integration officer and will again be reporting to CEO Lee Domanico, for whom he worked at El Camino Hospital before Mr. Domanico left in 2006. …
The Palm Drive Health Care District recently voted to approve Tom Harlan as Palm Drive Hospital’s new chief executive officer. …
Kaiser Permanente’s Medical Center in Vacaville broke ground last week on a helipad that the hospital said will eventually be the largest to serve Solano County. …
Bill Boerum, currently treasurer of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District and in his sixth year on the board of directors, will be serving another four years because only he and two others filed for the three seats that were up for election this year. …
September 3, 2012
SANTA ROSA — The Annadel Medical Group has added physicians at an accelerating pace, making it arguably the fastest growing medical group in the region at a time health systems across the country seek to attract more physicians. …
FAIRFIELD — Shortly after expanding its reach into Marin and Mendocino counties, Partnership HealthPaln, a nonprofit managed Medi-Cal provider, went on an aggressive hiring spree, saying it intended to increase its 280-person work force by about 30 percent. …
GREENBRAE — As district hospitals look to evolve with the dramatically shifting health care landscape, no other district can quite keep pace with Marin General Hospital, overseen by the Marin Healthcare District for the past two years now. …
August 31, 2012
GREENBRAE — Marin General Hospital today said an independent arbitration judge declared Marin Healthcare District, which owns the hospital, the “prevailing party” in a long-running dispute with Sutter Health, which severed ties with the facility more than two years ago.
August 20, 2012
Western Health Advantage has filed for an expansion of its business into Marin and Sonoma counties, where it hopes to partner with the Marin-Sonoma IPA and much of the region’s hospitals in offering a new health plan for employers and individuals
July 30, 2012
Mark Keating, certified financial planner and advisor, was named a partner with Willow Creek Financial Services, a wealth management firm in Sebastopol.
Rebecca Na Li, M.D., joined the North Marin Internal Medicine Specialists in Novato — one of the Marin Healthcare District Medical Care Centers.
Jennifer Lucas, M.D., a medical oncologist at Marin General Hospital’s Marin Cancer Institute, was honored as the 2012 Healing Professional by Zero Breast Cancer.
Artisan Sotheby’s International Realty hired Mike Bryant.
Quelene Slattery joined Grgich Hills Estate as national accounts manager, a new position for the winery.
Mendocino Wine Company appointed John Girty vice president of national sales.
July 23, 2012
The Marin Community Foundation will help oversee a philanthropic effort on multiple sclerosis research, according to Jansssen Research & Development, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which established the fund. …
Dr. Michael Caccavale, an interventional radiologist, has joined Redwood Regional Medical Group in Santa Rosa. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in physiology and public health. …
Sutter Medical Foundation announced that board-certified urologist Dr. Kadee Thompson has joined the foundation in Vacaville. …
The Northern California Center for Well-Being said it will offer technical assistance for implementation of Sonoma County’s new smoking ordinance, which will prohibit smoking in multi-unit residences in unincorporated areas of the county. …
Both Marin General Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital received “A” grades on the Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. …
Marin General Hospital received certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke program and, for the second year in a row, was given the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. …
June 25, 2012
GREENBRAE — Both sides in a long-running feud between Marin General Hospital and Sutter Health are claiming victory in last week’s arbitration ruling awarding $21.5 million to the hospital district.
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