ORANGE COUNTY: ‘No Preferred Patients’ for UCI Doctors
Specialized doctors at UCI Medical Center, Orange County's largest teaching hospital, will no longer be allowed to "reserve open slots for patients who have good insurance or particularly interesting illness," the Orange County Register reports. Earlier this month, hospital CEO Mark Laret and four other ranking UCI officials ordered "faculty to stop reviewing patients' charts before deciding whether to accept them." In addition, doctors must now adhere to four other guidelines:
- Increase discussion with community physicians over patient status;
- Only order costly tests approved by the referring doctor;
- Refrain from complaining about fees to patients and other doctors;
- Be responsible for completing certain forms.