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Fiscal plan calls for the consolidation of state-run hospitals

By on October 17, 2016

SAN JUAN – The government is slated to consolidate all government hospitals into a single organization that will be managed in part through public-private partnerships (P3s) to streamline processes.

The measure is contained in the draft fiscal plan the administration of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla recently submitted to the Financial Oversight and Management Board.

The plan calls for the consolidation of the 114 agencies and public corporations to 66.

FILE - This Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows an emergency room entrance at a hospital in Santa Clarita, Calif. In a study published on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 researchers found that about 17 years after a heart attack, life expectancy was 9 to 14 months longer for those who had been treated at hospitals that do best on widely used quality measures than for those at low-rated ones. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

An emergency room entrance (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

One of the consolidations would create the Puerto Rico Medical Center Campus, which would be organized around specialty institutions that integrate all government hospitals into a single organization.

The first phase of the plan contemplates merging the Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration (ASEM by its Spanish acronym), the University Hospital and the University Pediatric Hospital. The plan’s second phase would further merge the Industrial Hospital run by the State Insurance Fund, as well as other government-run hospitals.

The government says it will then be implementing P3s at state hospitals to handle billing, admissions, maintenance and food services, among other support services to “bring best-in-class” practices, centralize functions and streamline processes.

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