Tenet Healthcare contemplates exclusive healthcare provider networks
June 3, 2014
By KAREN VELIE
Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of two San Luis Obispo County hospitals, is contemplating switching to exclusive healthcare provider networks to provide doctors to its local hospitals.
Currently, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital contract with a group of emergency department doctors who work exclusively with Tenent Healthcare. On the other hand, the two groups the hospitals contract with for hospitalists and anesthesiologists also work with competing hospitals and medical groups.
As part of an operational review and evaluation, Tenet Healthcare is contemplating canceling contracts with Coastal Anesthesiology Medical Associates and San Luis Hospitalists, both of which have contracts to provide in-hospital doctor or anesthesiology services to Tenet Healthcare and Dignity Health owned hospitals.
The Affordable Care Act instructs hospitals to better align clinical partners, Sierra Vista spokesperson Ron Yukelson said.
“With the Affordable Care Act, it is incumbent for every health care provider (hospitals, physicians, managed care, etc.) to seek ways to more closely align our clinical partners and drive unnecessary costs out of the system,” Yukelson said in an email. “Neither Sierra Vista nor Twin Cities are prepared to publicly discuss our proprietary business reviews any more than any other business entity.”
If the contracts are canceled, the goal would be for local doctors to work for groups that Tenet Healthcare would have exclusive contracts with.
Several physicians with an ownership interest in San Luis Hospitalists have noted their opposition to Tenet canceling contracts with their firm.