Translate this page

Board approves additional $332K for medical center consultants


Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Issue 13, Volume 18.


RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors today approved spending an additional $332,000 to ensure that Riverside County Regional Medical Center is deemed fit for service by the federal government.

The allocation was requested by hospital CEO Lowell Johnson, who said further work is required by personnel from the Boston-based Greeley Co. to prepare RCRMC for an upcoming quality-assurance "survey" by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

"I was hoping we would be able to resolve this relying on our own staff and not have to engage the consultants to make sure we're in total compliance, but we found we're not able to complete it ourselves," Johnson told the board.

The Greeley Co. was awarded a $115,000 contract with the county earlier this month to review RCRMC operations and make certain they meet "conditions of participation" necessary for ongoing federal certification.

Medi-Cal and Medicare patients account for 54 percent of the hospital's business, according to Chicago-based Huron Consulting Inc., which is still in the early stages of a comprehensive 18-month examination of RCRMC's policies and practices.

Huron, which contracted with the county for roughly $26 million, and Johnson, who's earning $1.2 million through this year and most of next, are attempting to turn the medical center around from a deeply indebted county liability to a financially stable asset.

Johnson suggested that without Greeley's Advertisement
Advertisement for Mike Mason
[ Mike Mason ]
assistance, RCRMC risked falling short of points needed during a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "validation survey" expected in the next month.

"RCRMC requires ... the Greeley Co. to implement a root cause analysis that will identify underlying issues (and) ensure the hospital has demonstrated effective actions to remediate regulatory deficiencies," according to a document submitted by the hospital's CEO.

He told the board that unresolved problems that Greeley consultants need until May 10 to resolve exist mainly in the hospital's "dietary and food services" department. He did not elaborate, nor did board members question him, though

Supervisors John Benoit and Jeff Stone expressed concern that RCRMC- related expenses seemed to be going the wrong way and urged the CEO to move as swiftly as possible to implement cost-saving measures.

The $332,000 was approved as a not-to-exceed amount and will be drawn out of the medical center's reserve account. The board also authorized just under $50,000 for incidental expenses that may be incurred by Greeley personnel while executing their day-to-day duties.

A progress report released by Huron in February indicated the Moreno Valley hospital would be put on a path leading to eventual amortization of its nearly $50 million in annual red ink, thanks to changes in labor usage, lower- cost pharmacy programs and implementation of a host of other operational efficiencies.


 

1 comments

Comment Profile ImageWhat?
Comment #1 | Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Their own staff can't keep them in compliance? There are deficiencies that aren't addressed until there is an audit? Great hire there sups with the CEO.

Article Comments are contributed by our readers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Valley News staff. The name listed as the author for comments cannot be verified; Comment authors are not guaranteed to be who they claim they are.

 

Add your Comment


Name

Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.




Disclaimer

The Valley News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter



Advertisement for Stellar Solar





Subscribe


Most Commented


Reach Local Customers



The Valley News The Valley News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2014
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Sitemap
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds
Login