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CHS shareholders oppose board, approve proxy access

CHS shareholders oppose board, approve proxy access

Community Health Systems shareholders ignored a recommendation from the system's board of directors and passed a proxy access proposal by a 5-1 margin. —By Dave Barkholz, Modern Healthcare, 05/20/16 More »

Community Health Systems to Sell Assets to Pay Down Hefty Debt

Community Health Systems to Sell Assets to Pay Down Hefty Debt

Shares in Community Health Systemsopened sharply lower after the hospital operator announced another quarter of disappointing results and its executives vowed to sell assets to pay down the company’s hefty debt. —Melanie Evans, The Wall Street Journal, 05/06/16 More »

CHS, National Labor Relations Board Head to Court

CHS, National Labor Relations Board Head to Court

Franklin-based Community Health Systems is in court in Ohio this week, facing a consolidated complaint from the National Labor Relations Board about alleged labor violations at several of its hospitals. —Eleanor Kennedy, Nashville Business Journal, 03/03/16 More »

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a consolidated complaint against Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS), the parent company of a nationwide chain of hospitals that includes Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Bluefield Regional Medical Center. —Tina Alvey / Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/24/15 More »

NLRB issues complaint against parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital

NLRB issues complaint against parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE >> A federal labor agency alleges that the parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital and six other subsidiary hospitals engaged in unfair labor practices in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. —Jondi Gumz / Santa Cruz Sentinel , 10/21/15 More »

UPDATE 2-Community Health Systems Violated Worker Rights - U.S. Labor Board

UPDATE 2-Community Health Systems Violated Worker Rights - U.S. Labor Board

Oct 19 Community Health Systems Inc and seven of its hospitals violated employees' rights to discuss working conditions, punished labor organizing and refused to bargain with unions, a U.S. labor agency alleged on Monday. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 10/19/15 More »

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

A series of sewage spills and rodent infestation are just the latest reasons why even some of the doctors who practice at Venice Regional Bayfront Health are raising questions about the facility and its future. The hospital now owned by Community Health Systems (CMS) has it's share of challenges, including the highest rate of hospital associated infections in the State in 2014 to receiving 13 violations of State and Federal regulations from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in the hospitals handling of the sewage leak in May OF 2015. —Alix Redmonde / My Suncoast News, 09/24/15 More »

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

WATSONVILLE >> Nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital allege their employer maintains illegal nurse-to-patient ratios as defined by California law, a practice they say endangers the welfare of patients. “I witness nurses working back-to-back and 16-hour shifts,” said Roseann Farris, a critical care registered nurse at Watsonville Community Hospital. “In the Critical Care Unit where I work, the hospital’s core staffing requires that we have four nurses available for every shift; but there are times we have had only one or two.” —Ryan Masters / Santa Cruz Sentinel, 09/23/15 More »

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson has agreed to pay the United States $510,000 to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary cardiac procedures over an eight-year period, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. —The Jackson Sun, 07/21/15 More »

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Braddock is among 26 defendants in 2015 brought to small-claims court by Lower Keys Medical Center, which is listed as Key West HMA in court records. Community Health Systems absorbed HMA when it bought the Key West hospital a year ago as part of a $7 billion deal. —Gwen Filosa, KeyNews.com, 06/19/15 More »

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs,” is claiming 50 hospitals are billing uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care set by Medicare. Jean Ross, Co-President of National Nurses United joins Tamron Hall on NewsNation. —MSNBC, 06/11/15 More »

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Of 50 U.S. hospitals identified as having the highest price markups for uninsured patients, half are owned by the health system that plans to merge with Metro Health. Community Health Systems Inc., a for-profit system based in Franklin, Tenn., operates 25 of the hospitals on the list, according to an article in The Washington Post. —Sue Thoms, MLive Media Group, 06/10/15 More »

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. —Sharon Begley, Reuters, 06/08/15 More »

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Part of a big Georgia hospital kickback case will be settled for nearly $1 million, while a related criminal investigation into a major national hospital company continues. —Atlanta Business Chronicle, 06/08/15 More »

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court contends the company that owns Northwest Medical Center and operates nine other hospitals in Arkansas has been skipping insurance carriers and going after payment directly from patients or other sources that pay more. —Ron Wood, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 06/04/15 More »

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

A program that has been available for decades through a Lackawanna County hospital will soon be coming to an end. Eyewitness News has learned that the owners of Regional Hospital of Scranton will stop providing inpatient and home hospice services at the end of next month. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 05/27/15 More »

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Two recent actions announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one civil and one criminal, along with a recent speech by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, illustrate the current climate of government enforcement related to mental health services (i.e., intensive outpatient psychotherapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) services). —Amanda Enyeart and Laura B. Morgan, Mondaq, 05/20/15 More »

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

“Far from the run-of-the-mill failure to bargain,” a health care employer deliberately obstructed any meaningful negotiations with the union that won an election to represent employees at one of its acute-care hospitals. —Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D., Wolters Kluwer, 05/13/15 More »

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed a rare decision by the National Labor Relations Board ordering an employer to pay a unions' negotiating expenses, saying the board has broad discretion to decide the types of egregious conduct that warrant the unusual remedy. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 05/11/15 More »

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Investor-owned hospital chain Community Health Systems and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals will pay the federal government $75 million to settle allegations that they made illegal donations to county governments to reap more federal dollars under a now-discontinued matching program. —Lisa Schencker, ModernHealthCare.com, 02/05/15 More »

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