With many cases of nursing home arisen over patient deaths, there is new scrutiny over it.
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The article, Taking action against deficient nursing homes, by Sharon Argenbright states,
“The New Mexican article (“Feds take action against nursing home,” Sept. 4), showcases the impact on patient care that sometimes occur when a corporation, Preferred Care Partners Management Group, buys and takes over operations of a health care facility.
I believe the philosophy of Preferred Care Partners Management Group of Plano, Texas, appears to be in tandem with the philosophy of other corporations that purchase and operate acute care hospitals in New Mexico. This purchase and operation of acute care hospitals has been occurring in New Mexico for several years. We cannot allow this to continue. We need to protect the very people that these facilities were established to care for and treat.
The philosophy of “bottom line profits” of corporations that purchase such facilities seems to violate patient safety and patient care goals. These facilities also can place health care workers in the precarious position of choosing between working under these conditions and keeping their jobs, or speaking up and losing their jobs.
The “goal” of Preferred Care Partners Management Group (the same goal as corporations that buy and operate acute care hospitals in New Mexico) is to advance their bottom line and produce a profit. To accomplish this goal, I believe that these corporations reduce the “quality of patient care standards,” reduce staffing to insufficient levels in order to “save money,” receive low “grades” from such watchdog groups as The Leapfrog Group, and receive a barrage of patient complaints that they settle instead of bringing to trial, which would reveal their deficiencies to the public.
New Mexico hospitals refuse to publicize sentinel events. Sentinel events are: “As defined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk of death or serious injury.” Why? What are hospitals afraid of? If a hospital has a low rate of sentinel events, would hospitals not want to share this with the community and show that they provide safe patient care?”
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