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State disciplines health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions against the following health care providers.

September 2010

DSHS announces 6.3 percent across-the-board budget reductions

The Department of Social and Health Services today detailed the budget reductions it is making in response to Gov. Chris Gregoire's directive to make 6.3 percent in across-the-board spending cuts to bring the state budget in balance for this fiscal year.

The Department's share of the reductions was nearly $168 million (not including Medicaid Purchasing Administration reductions to be released later this week).

September 2010

State disciplines health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers.

September 2010

Providence closing Mason County chemical dependency center

Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center in Belfair will close Nov. 1 as part of a plan to increase efficiency of the health system's chemical dependency treatment program in southwest Washington.

Providence Centralia Hospital Addictions Recovery Center in Longview also is closing, but Providence will continue to provide treatment programs in Centralia, Lacey, Shelton and Hoquiam.

September 2010

Organizations focusing on short-term implications of health care reform

Human resource professionals are addressing the short-term implications of health care reform as they learn more about the new law, according to a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management.

September 2010

Key health reforms start Thursday

Beginning tomorrow, most health plans must include several new consumer protections outlined in the Federal Affordable Care Act. Consumers will see the new benefits when their plans renew.

September 2010

ATG Rehab expands footprint

ATG Rehab has replaced its Bellevue office with new locations in Lynnwood and Tacoma.
The Tacoma office is located at 11106 25th Avenue East, Suite A, and is led by Michelle Marchand and Doug Ekness. They are joined by Dan Timco, formerly president of Adaptive Mobility in Olympia, which ATG Rehab has acquired.

September 2010

People on the Move

A. Michael Keep M.D. has joined the medical staff at Shelton Family Medicine and Mason General Hospital. He received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed his residency at St. Peter Family Practice Residency Program in Olympia. He previously was the chief resident at St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors has selected officers and directors for 2011. Officers include: Mike Larson, Allen Realtors, president; Craig Hill, Prudential Contact Corp., president-elect; Kevin Mullin, Windermere Professional Partners, immediate past president; Robert McDougall, Alliance Real Estate; treasurer; and Dan Bennett, John L. Scott Gig Harbor, treasurer-elect. Directors include: Julia Lindner Runyan, Windermere Gig Harbor; Leslye Stewart, John L. Scott Gig Harbor; Kim LaMantia, Collison Realty; Colleen Dutmers, Keller Williams Realty; Bob McCarthy, Alliance Real Estate; Tom McCollum, Prudential Contact Corp.; Joe Maxwell, Windermere Puyallup Canyon Road; Joanne Stafford, Prudential Contact Corp.; Jeff Jensen, Windermere Professional Partners; Joyce Shipley, Windermere Professional Partners; Jimi Couture, Windermere RE/Paragon Co.; Ken Thiemann, Windermere RE/Paragon Co.; Jasmyn Jefferson, John L. Scott University Place; and Bobbie Petrone Chipman, Colwell Banker Bain Puyallup.

September 2010

Providence St. Peter launching round-the-clock care for women, infants

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia will launch an OB/GYN hospitalist program on Sept. 20, bringing the only round-the-clock care to women and infants in the South Sound provided by hospital-based doctors.

Every woman admitted for obstetric or gynecological care will be examined by a physician, including emergencies and ongoing medical needs.

September 2010

Providence settles Certificate of Need appeal

Providence St. Peter Hospital has agreed to drop its appeal of Capital Medical Center's Certificate of Need for a new elective angioplasty program in exchange for more specific provisions regarding charity care.

A three-way settlement between Providence St. Peter Hospital, Capital Medical Center and the Department of Health was finalized late last week.

September 2010
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