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MPTF vs Families: Is Compromise Coming?

The advocacy group Saving The Lives Of Our Own representing families and residents has battled the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s closing of the long-term care hospital and intensive care nursing home. Now I hear that MPTF’s recently installed President/CEO Bob Beitcher is trying to effect a compromise that guarantees the closures but also respects the displaced residents. An insider informs me: “In a meeting with campus residents at their request, CEO Bob Beitcher informed them that he is in serious discussion with at least two major hospital/healthcare providers seeking to partner with MPTF to provide LTC (and some type of hospital care) on campus. Not a done deal. No guarantees. And while we don’t know what it would look like or that it will be acceptable, the Fund will soon enter its 90th anniversary year. Will MPTF want to put the last two years’ toil and troubles behind? Odds are favoring a face-saving yet real solution for the LTC and a major capital campaign, over a continued war of attrition and negative PR.”

I hear this partnership/co-branding possibility has been discussed with families and activists as well and that there’s an ongoing dialogue right now with Beitcher, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation CEO Ken Scherer, and even closure hardliner MPTF Foundation Chair Jeffrey Katzenberg “to some degree, There are, however, a number of skeptics, and it’s been best to watch … Read More »

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MPTF Now Blaming Media For Law-Breaking

Reaction To MPTF State/Federal Violations
SHAMEFUL! California Public Health Finds MPTF Broke Laws

I have received a sickening statement from Bob Beitcher, the MPTF President/CEO, which redefines the term chutzpah. In it, he asserts, “The deficiencies asserted by the California Department of Public Health based on its annual ‘unannounced’ survey in June have been widely misreported in the industry news media and blogs.” That’s right, it’s all my fault! At the heart of Beitcher’s argument is that, hey, the California Public Health Department says the MPTF broke state and federal laws by transferring its acute care patients and making them sicker — but not to worry: that was an “unannounced” visit (which means MPTF didn’t have time to fool the inspectors). Plus, the MPTF is caring for even more frail patients (so what they did to the transferred patients doesn’t count). And the MPTF’s law-breaking was the result of only documentation errors so they are “tightening up procedures and re-training staff [for] lapses in administrative paperwork” (not bothering to actually give better care). I wish I were kidding. Here is what I emailed back to the MPTF’s PR people who gave me this nonsense: “Excuse me but I am not an idiot. I read the report and I know what it says. I misinterpreted nothing.”:

STATEMENT FROM BOB BEITCHER, MPTF President/CEO

The deficiencies asserted by the California Department of Public Health based on its annual “unannounced” survey in June have been widely misreported in the industry news media and blogs. As a result, the MPTF long-term care situation continues to be cast in the negative light created by the vocal family members of some of our residents. 

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