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  • <City Hospitals to get $14M for OB aid>
    million in state funds and a potential 3 million in federal matching funds under a special class of disproportionate share payments established by the DPW The federal funds are contingent upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the spending plan One hospital on that list Northeastern Hospital announced last week it is getting out of the baby delivery business come July 1 Mike Nardone DPW s deputy secretary for medical assistance programs said the department will be reviewing the criteria for the payments to determine Northeastern s eligibility before any payment is issued We have to look at the timeframe that they are providing OB services Nardone said The payments are tied to fiscal year 2009 which ends June 30 Disproportionate share payments are made to hospitals that provide high volumes of care to low income patients who are covered by the Medicaid program which is funded by the state and federal government This is the second consecutive year the legislature has approved additional support for hospitals with maternity wards and NICUs The money comes at a time when a growing number of hospitals are getting out of the baby delivery business because of inadequate reimbursement rates and the high cost of malpractice insurance During the past two years Central Montgomery Medical Center Jeanes Chestnut Hill and Brandywine hospitals have all closed maternity wards Last week Temple University Health System announced it was shutting down inpatient services at Northeastern Hospital and converting the Port Richmond medical center into an ambulatory care facility Northeastern delivered about 1 800 babies last year and is on the list to receive nearly 427 000 in state and federal disproportionate share payments under the special funding It will become the 18th hospital in this region that has either shut down its obstetrics unit

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  • <Hospitals offer>
    hundred more pregnant patients Farther north Albert Einstein Medical Center just finished an expansion of its maternity facilities and also says it has room for more patients Pennsylvania Hospital can handle more deliveries The three hospitals are evidence that even in a region that has lost 17 maternity units since 1997 victims hospitals say of poor funding and high malpractice costs there are still some welcoming beds for women in labor That s not to say the other hospitals are as convenient as Northeastern for women who live near Port Richmond or that getting prenatal care will be hassle free Jefferson for one doesn t take all Medicaid insurance plans though Weinstein said the hospital helps patients switch Letty Thall public policy director for the Maternity Care Coalition said the trend toward fewer places to deliver babies was still worrisome I think we are coming to the point where it is a public health emergency she said The Temple University Health System announced Monday that it would close inpatient beds at Northeastern which delivers about 1 800 babies a year by July 1 The system will keep providing outpatient services including prenatal care at the building Northeastern s chief executive officer John Buckley said Temple expected 64 percent of the Northeastern deliveries to shift to Temple The North Philadelphia hospital can take all of the Northeastern births if necessary He said he expected that many patients would choose other hospitals including Jefferson and Pennsylvania in Center City We easily have capacity for 300 to 500 patients said Weinstein whose hospital has been delivering about 2 100 babies a year We would be more than happy to see as many of these patients as we can Einstein recently completed a 10 million maternity expansion project that should increase capacity and efficiency

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  • <Temple Ending Inpatient Services>
    Philadelphia In fiscal 2008 Northeastern reported a loss of 6 6 million It is projected to lose an additional 15 million in fiscal 2009 which ends June 30 The creation of Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center permits us to continue to meet the current and future health care needs of the community with a financially sustainable model said Edmond F Notebaert president and CEO of Temple University Health System Moving forward we will continue to explore and consider additional options that would further enhance our ability to deliver health care services and education to the communities served by the new Ambulatory Care Center The center will focus on prenatal care and family health offer non emergency walk in care and provide outpatient specialty services such as cancer care cardiac care digestive disease care orthopedics and occupational health Labor and delivery services will be moved to Temple University Hospital Union officials from PASNAP the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals blasted the decision by Temple to end inpatient care at the nearly 100 year old hospital Our patients will be devastated said Kris Campbell president of the local union at Northeastern and a registered nurse who has worked at the hospital for 30 years Many have never gone to another hospital in their lives The patients and the nurses here are all part of this community The efforts we have undertaken have demonstrated how much this hospital is part of this community So many people have dedicated their lives to helping patients here and in return they re being abandoned Dr Alan Steinbach director of the intensive care unit at Northeastern expressed concerns for patient safety noting maternity services and care for senior citizens and other members of the community are not easily available elsewhere The mobility of many in

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  • <Phila's Northeastern Hospital to close>
    to the head of one of its unions The hospital s 800 employees were told of the closing at 1 o clock today at a town hall meeting said Bill Cruice executive director of PASNAP the union representing 200 registered nurses at Northeastern Hospital which serves the communities of Kensington Fishtown Bridesburg and Lower Juniata Northeastern Hospital will close by June 30 Cruice said They are making no promises which in effect represents a wholesale abandonment of that community he said Cruice said he learned of the closing in a telephone call about 12 45 p m from Temple s head of labor relations Bob Birnbrauer Cruice said Birnbrauer indicated that 70 of the nurses would be offered jobs elsewhere in the system Temple University spokeswoman Rebecca Harmon said that the hospital will be transitioned to a ambulatory care center for outpatient only Kris Campbell a registered nurse at the hospital said patients will be devastated Many have never gone to another hospital in their lives Letty Thall public policy director of the Maternity Care Coalition said in a statement that when Northeastern closes its maternity services Philadelphia will have lost its last community based hospital maternity service In February Edmond Notebaert the new leader of Temple University Health System warned of 40 million to 50 million in spending cuts this year but did not specify how those savings would be achieved Notebaert president and chief executive officer of the health system and head of Temple s medical school has previously told employees that the system needed to make the cuts because it had lost money on operations for five of the last six years The health system in North Philadelphia lost 116 million on operations in fiscal 2008 and expects to lose about 100 million this fiscal year which

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  • <Maternity services in Northeast>
    March 4 2009 Maternity Option in the Northeast is as Close as Bensalem Diane Prokop Times Staff Writer A handful of folks met at the Northeast Regional Library last week to discuss the latest options for maternity care for Northeast Philadelphia residents and how to create more options Sue Rosenthal who chairs the community board at the city s District 10 Health Center near Cottman and Bustleton avenues led the discussion of the Northeast Maternity Care Advocates who have been meeting regularly since Jeanes Hospital closed its obstetrics unit in 2007 Since then three more hospitals for a total of 17 have closed their doors to women in labor leaving women out in the cold Northeastern Hospital the last option in the Lower Northeast is restructuring and most expect it will close its obstetrics department as well In search of some good news Rosenthal and Kistine Carolan Maternity Care Coalition s community engagement coordinator paid a recent visit to the Mother Bachman Maternity Center in Bensalem The women were thrilled with what they found It s really a remarkable place Rosenthal said The center a ministry of St Mary Hospital in Langhorne provides obstetrical services with delivery at St Mary in hospital infant care high risk pregnancy care and support services including case management nutrition and psychological counseling WIC service parenting education classes and home health care The center accepts most insurance but will also take women regardless of insurance coverage from Bucks County as well as women from Northeast Philadelphia For more information call 215 245 4334 Julie Cristol the OB GYN coordinator for Greater Philadelphia Health Action was on hand to discuss birth centers an option the group would like to someday see offered to Northeast Philadelphia women The biggest obstacle is a hospital partner That s your

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  • <Save Maternity Care>
    Capital for More Maternity Care City Hospitals to Get 14M for OB aid Hospitals Offer to take Pregnant Patients Temple Ending Inpatient Services at Northeastern Hospital Phila s Northeastern Hospital to Close Maternity Option in the Northeast is as Close as Bensalem Save Maternity Care More Childbirth Crisis news Safe Sleep News Breastfeeding News Other News Philadelphia Inquirer March 3 2009 Save Maternity Care Letter to the Editor Re Cuts likely at Temple Health Wednesday When Temple closed the maternity services at Jeanes Hospital in 2007 a justification was that Northeastern Hospital received additional government funds for its Medicaid patients and that Jeanes did not Pregnant women concerned about medical emergencies requiring short response times were assured that Northeastern was still nearby Your article noted the unsurprising fact that given this ailing economy growing numbers of patients are covered by Medicaid the least lucrative type of insurance for a hospital The fix that Edmond F Notebaert senior executive vice president does not flesh out cannot include the forsaking of Medicaid covered patients in Port Richmond Kensington and Bridesburg The real fix would be hospital administrators insurers and government fulfilling their obligations by negotiating for reimbursement rates sufficient to cover maternity

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  • <Childbirth Crisis News page 2>
    in Lansdale will close their maternity units Since 1997 17 maternity units have closed in Southeastern Pennsylvania 09 06 08 City Eyes Closure s Effect on OB Care The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the 15th maternity unit closure in 11 years and the debate on regulating access to maternity services 09 04 08 Maternity Ward Closes MCC s Deputy Director Bette Begleiter speaks with 6 ABC on the devastating closure of Chestnut Hill Hospital s OB unit 04 04 2008 Delivery of Aid for OB Units John George of The Philadelphia Business Journal looks at the OB crisis in Northeast Philadelphia and the state funds distributed to stop OB unit closures 02 21 2008 Constituents Connect Pols on NE Childbirth Crisis The Public Record covers constituents calls to Northeast legislators to address the childbirth crisis 02 07 2008 Addressing the Maternity Care Crisis Diane Prokop further explores the community needs expressed to legislators in Northeast Philadelphia 02 05 2008 Fight for Maternity Care Continues Local group politicians seek solutions The News Gleaner describes the event between constituents Northeast legislators and the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce 01 31 2008 A Call for Better Access to Maternity Care in Northeast Philadelphia John George outlines constituents calls for a birthing center and financial solution to the crisis in NE Philadelphia 01 31 2008 Advocates Demand Maternity Care in Northeast Inquirer staff writer Stacey Burling announces the delivery of postcards to Northeast legislators asking them to help bring services back to the community 12 20 2007 NE Maternity Care Scarce The Public Record outlines solutions to dwindling maternity services brought up at the NE Town Hall Meeting by residents and healthcare providers of Northeast Philadelphia 12 20 2007 Hospitals should have a Heart for Babies too Sue Rosenthal Chair of Community Board of Health

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  • <Health Care Advocates Rally at Crozer Chester>
    care elsewhere Crozer Keystone Health System includes Crozer Chester Medical Center Delaware County Memorial Hospital in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park Community Hospital in Chester and Springfield Hospital We re here to draw attention to a good thing that Crozer Keystone renewed their contract with Keystone Mercy but 27 000 people almost lost access to care and that s a scary thing said Athena Ford health care organizer for the Philadelphia Unemployment Project The project is part of the PA Health Access Network a coalition of more than 50 religious labor consumer and other nonprofit groups It was formed about 18 months ago to help ensure federal health care reform is implemented to promote optimum health care access for all Pennsylvanians said Kistine Carolan community engagement coordinator for the Maternity Care Coalition Carolan noted that Crozer Keystone hospitals would have been the first in the region to not offer care for Medicaid patients if the contract with Keystone Mercy was not renewed setting a dangerous and unfair precedent It s bad enough that all the hospitals that are non profits don t accept all the Medicaid plans This would set a new precedent that a hospital would not take any for our region said Carolan Keystone Mercy serves about 9 600 medical assistance patients who have Crozer Keystone primary care physicians and 2 200 whose doctors have admitting privileges only at Crozer Keystone hospitals About 26 000 patients would have been affected by the Keystone Mercy contract expiration judging from those who have used a Crozer Keystone specialist or hospital in the last year Crozer Keystone and Keystone Mercy executives had been at odds over reimbursement rates for the last contract that had been extended from December 2008 to December 2009 then extended on a monthly basis Last month when they announced the April 30 contract expiration Keystone Mercy officials said they were losing more than 1 million a month with their Crozer Keystone contract Crozer Keystone officials said if they agreed on the 12 million decrease in reimbursements the insurance company was demanding the health system would be placed in a dangerous financial position To secure the new contract which expires Dec 31 2011 Crozer Keystone Health System officials agreed to absorb a 9 million reduction in reimbursement rates Crozer Keystone Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Kathy Scullin said on Friday afternoon She noted that Crozer Keystone executives are now in discussions with two other medical assistance managed care providers Coventry Cares and Aetna Better Health Nadina Patterson who is partially disabled and has been on Medicaid for about two years said on Monday that she is relieved Keystone Mercy renewed its contract with Crozer Keystone I am a recipient of Keystone Mercy I actually had an operation at Crozer Chester Medical Center and my doctor is fabulous and so you can imagine the fear and distress when I wasn t going to be able to turn to Crozer Keystone

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