Holding Prime Healthcare Accountable

Prime Healthcare Services is a national hospital chain that puts profits before patients. From violating patient privacy to eliminating patient services, Prime is a poor fit for any community in which it operates.

In June 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice released disturbing details about its Medicare fraud lawsuit against Prime. The Department of Justice alleged that Prime and its CEO, Prem Reddy, engaged in the following deceptive conduct:

•Ordered newly acquired hospitals to arbitrarily admit 20 percent to 30 percent of emergency department patients who are on Medicare for inpatient treatment, which brings a higher reimbursement rate for the hospital than outpatient care; and

•Ordered all patient forms to remove mention of outpatient treatment options, thereby leading some doctors to believe they had to admit patients for routine conditions, which falsely increased the company’s profits.

In 2015, Prime walked away at the last minute from the attempted purchase of the Daughters of Charity Health System rather than meet strict conditions the Attorney General placed on the sale to protect the hospitals and surrounding communities from Prime’s history of cutting staff and services to drive up profits.

These are just some of the examples of Prime putting profits before patients.

Prime Healthcare Services is involved in an ongoing labor dispute with SEIU-UHW.

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