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This whole thing is crazy, first the FTC will have to wait for first see if the Supreme Court will even give them a extention, then they will need to submit a writ of ceritori which even then does not mean that the court will hear the case, besides that the Supreme Court never rushes through any decision even when politically motivated, case in point Health Care Overhaul, it's been law know for what two years and they are just putting it on the calendar for opening statements. This is a total waste of money at a time when most politicians and agencies as all up in arms about saving money. If the FTC isnt going to present anything better than what they brought last time they will have a terrible up hill battle to fight. And guess what even if they do by some far off chance get a concession Phoebe will not be forced to give up Palmyra, no someone will have to buy the facility, and it will be nice to see who has the purse to pony up 200 million on a facility that was already loosing money.
Yes you are right Bank of America did drop a fee but kept in place others as well and found another way to pass to expenses to its customers. You only decieve yourself if you really think Bank of America " took a true hit " on fees and you won the war on fees. But besides that point why would I be afraid to sign a petition, yes I work their but I am also their helping to improve the very thing you want to change. But again you still miss the point you again focus on one hospital, so what happens if you go to Tift Regional and have complications, are they okay because they did not get reported in this article? I am not saying don't have a petition but if you are going to wipe out or try to improve an issue dear to you and others health don't you think it should start at the top for all hospitals? I understand you pain but I really think that you have got tunnel vision and narrowed yourself down to attacking a branch when their is a whole orchard needing triming.
And the FTC tries to save face again after uterly failing to win not once but twice in Federal Courts. Their biggest probem is that the FTC whole agrument falls onto trying to focus on Phoebe strong arming the Hospital Board and creating a monopoly, but their is one problem the entity they are questioning is viewed in the eyes of the law as an extention of the Georgia gov't and has certain rights to aquiring facilities so long as certain maindates are followed and guess what despite what everyone feels Phoebe followed those steps clearly. Georgia's hospital authority laws allow organizations like Phoebe to do exactly what happened here in Albany, Valdosta, Thomasvillie, and still doing in Atlanta. Please at first the FTC filed complaints in court within several weeks, its already been 3 months now since the ruling the FTC needs to quit wasting money unless they are going to come up with a better arguement than what they have done before.
angrypatient I admire your concern however its a little shallow to only sign a petition agaisnt Phoebe when you are constantly mentioning hospitals meaning those not owned or operated by Phoebe. There are 40 hospitals within a 100 mile radius of Albany according to Medicare Medicade website and Phoebe only controls 6 of them. Yes it is terrible said that this happened to you and I wish you the best and speedy recovery but really what will a petition do? No a better solution would be to contact your congressman or better yet go directly to the offices of Medicare and Medicaid and hurt them were it really hurts, the wallet. Sometime anger and the drive for what believes is justice can do great things and make the unthinkable a real but only if those energies are used and channeled properly. No matter where you go you will not find the perfect hospital that does 0 harm, even Emory has cases where surgical instruments were left inside the patients, as a matter of fact one of Emory's own facilities is listed in this article but are you willing to sign a petiton for them too? Not many know but both Hospitals here in Albany had higher rates of certain types of inpatient infections when compared to other's through out the country. Despite all of this I wish you luck on your petiton
True but Tift measure fall short compared to those around Macon but does that mean we should tar and feather Tift Regional and go running to other hospitals, I and most of my family have had treatment at several hospitals in south georgia and all have treated us with the respect and diginity we deserve. Numbers don't lie but it is interesting to note that on Medicare's website they have Tift Regional rated higher for Hip and Knee injuries and Spinal Treatment than Archibold when Archibold just recieved state wide recognition for being number one in such procedures and Tift Regional wasn't even rated. Again in you really feel that because one facility got a 78 and another got and 82 that this is life threating then dont go but when one faciltity gets rated low and the other just doesnt report because their just is not enough data then who is to say what really goes on?
I first agree that changes need to be made if they have not already been implemented, however after checking the same site that Albany Herald so aptly puts as Worst than Average it should be noted that the other major players in Healthcare for Southwest Georgia including Tift Regional, Colquitt, Archibold, Crisp did not report in this category because according to the website, the number of cases was too small to accuratley tell how well the hospital is performing. In which case that means that these hospitals could be better or worse than the national average but we wont know. Also it should be noted that for just about every other benchmarch Phoebe matches up well with other facilities. I have no issue playing the blame game but man at least pass blame evenly and get a clear picture. Oh to all those that cry about going to outside this region it interesting to note that some areas have facilities worst than Phoebe and even the grand Emory has a partner with a score similar to Phoebe makes you kind of wonder huh.
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