Here is an article on the two hospitals: http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/02/25/jfl-seeks-funds-improvements-schneider-regional-passes-tjc-inspec
SRMC and JFL
I hope everyone is ready for this. The way I read the article is, this is the tip of the iceberg. They are spending millions on consultants that will tell them how to fix the problem. The request for more money is coming.
There are other issues that haven't been brought up. A hospital can be down graded not only on patient care but on the age and condition of the building. The contractors play a part as well. My company has been through several JACO inspections because we contract to hospitals. The way we conduct business and our record keeping is a direct reflection on our clients.
They didn't say wether or not medicare has decreased the reimbursement rate, which can have a huge impact on revenue
Now SRMC has also passed a surprise, intensive CMS inspection. (tu)
When JFL pays its CEO and others top dollar and doesn't even have functioning generators when the power goes out, amongst basic things much less other major issues, there's a big problem. They waste funds continuously. No one knows how to budget or collect receivables.
Neither hospital is self sufficient and costs taxpayers tons of money, annually, to get bailed out with appropriations by our VI Legislature in the millions of dollars.
Sorry to keep harping on this but it is the complete lack of ability and accountability here in the VI that allows this to continue. It's nothing new. It's been happening for decades.
Gov. Dejongh opted out of the Affordable Healthcare Act to get more Medicare funding.
On a side note, denvertired, how was your visit?
Please post observations.
Alana: I posted this so that people could understand that the hospital on St Thomas is doing very well.