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Sutter Health Statement Regarding the Lawsuit Filed by the California Attorney General:

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Updated statement: April 16, 2018

“Unfortunately, the California attorney general’s filing is factually inaccurate. It mischaracterizes the activities of our not-for-profit organization, and it fails to adequately account for Northern California’s robust and competitive health care environment. Our integrated network plays a valuable role in providing our communities with more efficient care—and in helping lower healthcare costs. Our focus remains on our not-for-profit mission to serve our patients and communities, including the poor and vulnerable.

Here are some important facts to know:

  • Publicly available data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development show that, on average, total charges for an inpatient stay in a Sutter hospital are lower than what other Northern California hospitals charge.
  • Sutter Health has held average overall rate increases to health plans to the low single digits since 2012 in spite of our actual expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing more than 37 percent during the same time period. We don’t know why some health plans have increased their rates to consumers as much as 20 percent annually.
  • Healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California. There are 17 major hospital systems and 146 hospitals in Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity, Adventist, Tenet, UC and more. Health plans can elect to include or exclude parts of the Sutter Health system from their networks, and health plans have been doing so for many years.”

Original statement: March 30, 2018

We are currently reviewing the complaint, so we cannot comment on specific claims.

Sutter Health is proud to save patients, government payers and health plans hundreds of millions of dollars each year by providing more efficient and integrated care. It’s important to note that publicly available data (from the OSHPD) show that on average, total charges for an inpatient stay in a Sutter hospital are lower than what other Northern CA hospitals charge.

Further, Sutter Health has held average overall rate increases to health plans to the low single digits since 2012 in spite of our actual expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing more than 37 percent during the same time period. We don’t know why some health plans have increased their rates to consumers as much as 20 percent annually.

It’s also important to note that healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California. There are 15 major hospital systems and 142 hospitals in Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity, Adventist, Tenet, UC and more. And health plans can elect to include or exclude parts of the Sutter Health system from their networks, and health plans have been doing so for many years.

 

21 Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Recognition as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Scroll Images, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Twenty-one affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
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Steve Wigginton Chosen to Lead Sutter Health | Aetna Joint Venture

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Sutter Health | Aetna

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., – Following a nationwide executive search, Sutter Health and Aetna have named Steve Wigginton as the new CEO of the Sutter Health | Aetna joint venture. The jointly owned health care company formed by the two organizations in 2017 currently offers employers with employees in Northern California self-insured commercial products with effective dates as early as April 1, 2018.

“Steve is a respected leader with a proven track record of driving culture, growth and innovation in the health care industry,” said Kristen Miranda, Aetna’s market president for California. “Steve has a passion for creating a better health care experience for consumers, and a clear vision of what will make Sutter Health | Aetna successful.

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Sutter Health Donates $25,000 to Support Canine Companions for Independence®

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The not-for-profit Sutter Health network today announced a $25,000 donation to Canine Companions for Independence to support its work enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs.

 

“People achieve health and wellness in many different ways—from regular check-ups with their doctor to yoga and meditation,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D. senior vice-president and chief medical officer of Sutter Health. “A healthcare partner can also take various forms, including four legs instead of two. Animal friends like Canine Companions can offer emotional and physical benefits that help the healing process.”

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Sutter Health Donates $272,500 to Support Community Food Banks

Posted on Nov 16, 2017 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Nine-year tally exceeds $2 million, feeding those in need

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sutter Health today announced a nearly quarter-million-dollar donation to 28 food banks across Northern California, and in Oregon and Hawaii. The donation by the not-for-profit health network enables local food banks to provide healthy meals or bags of food to those in need.

“Hunger can have a lifetime impact on the health and wellness on the most vulnerable in our communities. Children who are hungry often struggle to learn and adults who are hungry often struggle to earn a living. With these donations, and through our ongoing partnerships with local food banks, Sutter Health can help feed and nurture our communities and help create a healthier world—one meal at a time,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D. senior vice-president and chief medical officer of Sutter Health.

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