Kenai hospitals in spat over patient agreements

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Surgery Center of Kenai recently opened its doors to patients, but not everyone can be treated at the new hospital.

The Peninsula Clarion reports that (http://bit.ly/1l3Hm2F ) that because Central Peninsula Hospital won't enter a transfer agreement with the center, it cannot perform procedures on Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Outpatient surgery center vice president Harold Gear tells the newspaper that when the center was beginning construction, it requested agreements with Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center and Central Peninsula Hospital. He says Central Peninsula ignored the request and later said no.

Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis says he doesn't see any benefits for CPH in a transfer agreement with the surgery center. Davis says while Medicaid and Medicare patients are low-payers, CPH is "very happy" to treat them.

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