Prime Watch

Collecting news and information about Prime Healthcare Services (PHS), the prospective buyer of Christ Hospital.

Lawmakers probe Prime Healthcare Services' billing practices (Los Angeles Times, 2/25/12).
Controversial medical and billing practices by hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services came under scrutiny at a hearing before California lawmakers one day after the company's chief executive abruptly resigned. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate health committee, said he called the hearing Friday in Los Angeles after hearing criticism that Prime Healthcare was overbilling for medical care and refusing to transfer stabilized patients to hospitals in their insurance network to drive up revenue.... Edward Barrera, a spokesman for Prime, said Lex Reddy left for unspecified "personal reasons" and that "he leaves behind a great legacy at Prime."

Prime Healthcare Services Announces Management Change (Prime Press Release, 2/23/12).
After 11 years at the helm, Lex Reddy, MBA, MHA, has stepped down from his position as President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. "Lex Reddy has been an important part of our success, and he will be missed," said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Founder and Chairman of the Board. "I am pleased to announce that Luis Leon has agreed to become the chief operating officer of Prime Healthcare." ... Dr. [Prem] Reddy will be the interim CEO of Prime Healthcare Services, which announced the purchase of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 22.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital has new owner [Prime] (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2//23/12).
A fast-growing California hospital chain has purchased Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, giving the 137-bed institution its third owner since 2002. Prime Healthcare Services, of Ontario, Calif., near Los Angeles, said Wednesday that it bought the hospital from Solis Healthcare L.L.C. but did not say what it paid.... Roxborough's current management team, including chief executive Robert G. Souaid, will remain, said Michael Henrici, the hospital's chief human resource officer.

Prime Healthcare drops bid for N.J. hospital (California Watch, 2/7/12).
Prime Healthcare Services pulled its bid to buy a New Jersey hospital last week, saying it was deferring to the wishes of local elected officials who wanted to see the hospital remain a locally operated nonprofit. The proposed deal met strong resistance from a health workers union and a community group that aired concerns over Prime’s business model. Prime leaders and Christ Hospital attorneys also faced tough questions from health regulators and the New Jersey attorney general’s office...

Award-Winning Prime Healthcare Under Siege (India-West, 1/27/12).
"Prem Reddy-founded Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., is one of the most successful and industry-lauded for-profit hospital management companies in the U.S. It is also under attack by a variety of critics and legal adversaries. The healthcare firm is involved in several lawsuits and embattled by critical investigative reports and brickbats leveled by opponents ranging from giant healthcare group Kaiser Permanente and the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to a leading California investigative journalism unit and California Attorney General Kamala Harris."

Hospital is facing a bleak prognosis (Los Angeles Times, 12/28/11).
"In September, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris killed the proposed takeover of a struggling Victorville hospital by a nonprofit arm of Prime Healthcare Corp., saying it was 'not in the public interest'.... Yet the attorney general believes her order is being flouted. The hospital has gone ahead and signed two agreements with Prime, including one for a $6-million line of credit, that Harris says will give Prime effective control of Victor Valley over her objections. In a separate frontal attack on Harris' authority, the hospital has asked a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge to overturn her veto."

California Hospital Chain Eyed for Possibly Bilking Medicare for Millions (PBS NewsHour, air date 12/19/11).

Prime hospital bills for malnutrition, but patient says she wasn’t treated (California Watch, 12/16/11)

Prime Healthcare reportedly subject of FBI probe (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/13/11)

Hospital owner's charity may have avoided taxes (California Watch, 8/16/11)

Prime Healthcare hospital reports simultaneous cases of heart failure, blood infection (California Watch, 11/28/11)

Hospital group rejects system and cashes in (Los Angeles Times, 7/8/07)