September 29, 2012
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
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The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 40,000 will lose their battle to breast cancer this year.
An economic outlook that is uncertain but sure to bring changes in reimbursements and regulations has prompted Phoebe Putney Health System to cut 33 high-level positions.
The Hospital Authority and Phoebe Putney Health System have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center violated federal antitrust laws.
State reductions in Medicaid reimbursement are expected to result in Phoebe losing about $2 million annually over the next nine years.
The medical staff at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital takes on the role of looking into physician applicants' qualifications.
Per an IRS requirement, a community needs assessment was slated to be approved by Phoebe's board prior to July 31.
Legal consultation was the single agenda item for two special called meetings at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Documentation shows that Phoebe had a total of $675.9 million in assets at the end of the tax year which concluded in July 2012.
Data recently released by the federal government indicate that pricing for many procedures at Phoebe is lower than state and national averages.
The integration of Phoebe North is temporarily being ceased per an order from U.S. District Judge Louis Sands.
The rehab facilities at Phoebe North currently have 66 licensed beds, 25 of which are currently operating, officials say.
An administrative hearing concerning the contested acquisition of the former Palmyra Medical Center is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5.
Phoebe is expected to lose close to $2 million annually through 2017 as a result of Medicare cuts, officials say.
An Albany hospital is expected to lose close to $2 million annually through 2017 as a result of Medicare cuts.
The Stryker surgical navigation system was introduced at the former Palmyra Medical Center in October 2010.
Four physicians are looking to join the medical staff at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a credentialing report shows.
The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County meets in executive session to discuss legal issues.
During the last calendar year, the Phoebe Foundation raised a total of $937, 698, officials say.
Credentialing reports available from Phoebe Putney Hospital show new physicians with various specialties may be coming in.
A recent report by an industry group lists Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital among the 25 worst hospitals in the United States.
An Albany hospital receives a Vascular Surgery Excellence award as part of its Healthgrades evaluation.
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials say the hospital is not connected to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.
Phoebe Putney Health System says its acquisition of a competing hospital was an act of "a state or its officers or agents" for purposes of federal antitrust laws.
The tax burden in Dougherty County has been shifted to a smaller percentage of taxpayers than in other counties.
Gastroenterology, emergency medicine and pediatrics are among the specialties of medical staff applicants for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Local hospital administrators question the accuracy and integrity of ratings from an Internet organization.
The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County is expected to officially take ownership of Palmyra Medical Center Friday.
Oral arguments are set for October 5
Oral arguments are set for Oct. 5 in the Federal Trade Commission’s appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling that the Hospital Authority’s purchase of Palmyra Medical Center is immune from review.
Over the last six years, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has spent roughly 8 percent of adjusted gross revenue on charity care.