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Another Setback For MPTF: Feds Approve 22% Cut In Medi-Cal Reimbursements

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 8:10pm PDT

It seems as if the Motion Picture and Television Fund can’t win for losing. One step forward then three or four steps back. An agreement with Providence Health & Services to provide acute care ultimately fell through. Then the ousted former head of the MPTF hospital Dr. David Tillman — whom many blame for his role trying to close the Wasserman Campus facilities for acute care — was rehired by cronies as First Chief Medical Officer.  Now the MPTF blog reports the feds have OKd cuts in Medi-Cal reimbursements that amount to a 22% reduction in revenue:

Last Thursday, we were told that CMS (the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) had approved the request of the California Department of Health Services to reduce Medi-Cal reimbursement rates – some by 10% and in our case, for distinct part nursing, by over 22% (10% off of 2008-2009 rates). Now given that almost all of our long-term care and Harry’s Haven residents are Medi-Cal supported, this basically means a 22% reduction in our annual revenues for these services – or $2.2 million. Put it another way: we’re going back to reimbursement rates that are 10% lower than those in 2008 at the same time as we’re paying over 16% more for

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Why Is MPTF’s Ousted Dr. David Tillman Returning Through The Back Door?

MPTF’s Acute Care Deal With Providence Health & Services Falls Through

EXCLUSIVE: More bad news at the Motion Picture And Television Fund. Family members are furious that the man they blame for playing the central role in trying to close the Wasserman Campus healthcare facilities for acute care, Dr. David Tillman, is coming back through the back door. Tillman was ousted as President and CEO of the MPTF’s Motion Picture Hospital in February 2010. But now he has been hired by the Partners In Care Foundation as their First Chief Medical Officer. And just who is Chairman of the Board of Partners In Care? Why Seth Ellis, the MPTF’s VP and COO who was Tillman’s longtime second in command. It’s a textbook case of cronyism: Tillman and Ellis arrived together at the MPTF in 2000, and both made bitter enemies of family members who fought the MPTF’s attempt to close the acute care hospital and nursing facilities. At one point MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Tillman the ”World’s Worst” person because of the impending closures. It’s widely felt that when the MPTF Board subcommittee exited Tillman, it was a first step to try to bring the MPTF back together with the Hollywood community, and especially family members who’ve been most vocal on this acute care issue. Now this is … Read More »

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