Some workers at U.S. hospital giant HCA say it puts profits above patient care

A union study found HCA’s staffing levels were below the average for other hospitals in 19 of the 20 states where it provided care in 2020.

‘It’s Not a Lack of Ability — It’s an Absolute Lack of Will’: Why HCA Workers Are Demanding Better Staffing

Workers at the largest for-profit health system in the country, HCA Healthcare, have planned a rally for Thursday. The goal of the rally is to show HCA that its workers know how profitable the company is and that they won’t be able to tolerate poor staffing levels for much longer.

Workers to rally for increased staffing at HCA-owned hospitals

Monique Hernandez is used to being shortstaffed. As a registered nurse at Riverside Community Hospital, she’s often saddled with more patients than she can safely handle. The nurse-to-patient ratio in her telemetry unit is supposed to be 1-4 at the maximum, yet some days she handles as many as five.

Workers call on HCA to boost staffing at 150+ hospitals

Hundreds of members of the Service Employees International Union plan to rally Jan. 12 at West Hills (Calif.) Hospital and Medical Center over staffing at hospitals owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, according to a union news release shared with Becker’s.

Why nurses say they are striking and quitting in droves

More than 7,000 union nurses went on strike in New York City this past week over concerns about understaffing and patient care. Workplace tensions are boiling over around the country this winter.

HCA faces over-admission allegations that have gotten other Nashville hospital systems in trouble

In February, Jennifer Smithfield of Robertson County was feeling weak and still having some trouble breathing after nearly two weeks with COVID. To be safe, her primary care physician suggested going to the emergency department. She chose HCA’s Centennial Medical Center, near its corporate headquarters in Nashville.

HCA Healthcare Could Face Federal Probe Over Allegations Of Fraud

Rep. Bill Pascrell, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s subcommittee on oversight, has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate HCA, the largest for-profit health care chain in the U.S.

Federal lawmaker calls for investigation into HCA

A House lawmaker with oversight authority is requesting an investigation into Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare regarding alleged fraud and staffing issues at its facilities. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee’s subcommittee on oversight, has asked HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to investigate whether HCA, a 182-hospital system, is improperly admitting patients to hospitals when patients do not require inpatient care.

Congress asking for federal probe into HCA hospital chain

A House oversight committee is asking for a federal investigation of the largest U.S. hospital chain and its admissions practices amid allegations of widespread fraud. Driving the news: Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), chair of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, this week asked the HHS to look into HCA Healthcare’s emergency department admissions.

Healthcare Services Investment News: HCA Hit with SEC Complaint, Antitrust Suit in NC

On July 27, the city of Asheville, N.C., and Buncombe County filed a lawsuit against HCA and Mission Health, which is owned by HCA. The lawsuit alleges the health systems have engaged in anti-competitive practices. It is the third lawsuit of its kind filed against HCA and Mission in less than a year by entities in Western North Carolina, Becker’s reports.