Times are tough for LA’s county-run Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. On Tuesday, a national hospital accreditation group revoked its seal of approval because King/Drew did not meet quality standards. And yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it might cut off $200 million per year in payments. Without the money the medical center would be forced to close. In the fall, the county entered into a year-long contract with Navigant Consulting to run day-to-day operations, with hopes of turning things around. King/Drew’s problems have been long-standing, and, as this LA Times special report reveals, often frightening:
Privatization Watch tackles heath care in an upcoming issue. Stay tuned.