Seven things to know about NCH Healthcare System’s admissions policy
Here are some things to know about NCH Healthcare System’s admissions policy. Naples Daily News
The NCH Healthcare System launched a pilot project in June where employed hospitalists handled patient admissions on two hospital floors, one floor at each campus, and took charge of patients care. However independent physicians opposed the admissions change.
Here are seven things to know about the admissions policy:
■ At an Oct. 23, 2018, meeting, the NCH medical staff unanimously voted against the admissions policy change. The Collier County Medical Society started a petition campaign to educate its members and patients.
■ Opponents to the admissions policy printed yard signs that read: “NCH Denying Patient/Physician Choice.”
■ The Naples City Council agreed Dec. 5, 2018, to send a letter to NCH asking hospital administrators to hold off and consider public outcry over the policy.
■ Attorneys hired by physicians and patients sent a letter Dec. 7, 2018, demanding NCH rescind the admissions change or face legal action.
■ The Collier County Commission agreed Dec. 11, 2018, to send a letter to NCH asking for motives of the admissions policy.
■ The NCH Board of trustees met Dec. 11, 2018, and said it would seek independent verification that the pilot project results have been good for patients.
■ NCH administrators say patients who don't want to be placed on a pilot unit can be admitted by their own doctor, based on bed availability.