Integris Health, an Oklahoma City-based health system, said in a statement Monday that claims made in a “60 Minutes” story about Health Management Associates did not affect their relationship with the national health care company.
Health Management Associates, which partners with 70 hospitals in 15 states, was the focus of a “60 Minutes” story that aired Sunday, alleging the management group pressured doctors to over-admit emergency room patients to increase revenue.
Earlier this year, Health Management Associates began managing Integris Health's regional hospitals in Blackwell, Clinton, Madill, Pryor and Seminole.
The hospitals continue to carry the Integris name.
“The concerns expressed in the ‘60 Minutes' story predate our partnership, although we were made aware of the claims,” according to the statement from Integris Health. “HMA has been transparent with us and insists there is no basis for the allegations. Our focus is always to provide the highest quality care to our patients. We hold our partners to the same high standards.”
Health Management Associates also has a long-term lease with Midwest Regional Medical Center in Midwest City. The company also has a joint agreement with physician investors to operate the Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma in Durant."60 Minutes" - The cost of admission