We may as well say “bye” to King-Harbor now… the Medicare agency delivered its final verdict to King-Harbor today: It still does not meet minimum patient-care standards and will lose all federal funding.
Yikes! Now what?
Los Angeles County has a plan for closing King-Harbor: An urgent care center and clinics for diabetes, high blood pressure and other outpatient care would remain open. Ambulances would be directed to emergency rooms at other hospitals. The county would staff more beds at its other hospitals and pay to add beds at some private ones.
Nevertheless, the 73 other public and private hospitals in the county’s already stressed emergency network are bracing for greater backlogs and longer waits. The seven nonprofit community health clinics near King-Harbor, some already at capacity, fear an onslaught of new patients. And healthcare advocates predict that people who already delay getting help because they don’t have insurance or a regular physician will go without treatment altogether, with fatal consequences.[full story]