Private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners and other owners have collected $658 million in fees and dividends from safety net hospital chain Prospect Medical Holdings in the last several years. Prospect owns 17 hospitals in 5 states: California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Rather than using those fees and dividends to support Prospect hospitals as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital company has instead relied on $283.3 million in grants and loans from the federal government.
Prospect Facilities with COVID-19 Relief Assistance
|Foothill Regional Medical Center||CA||$1,174,106||$10,394,879|
|Los Angeles Community Hospital||CA||$8,976,057|
|Southern California Hospital at Culver City||CA||$8,600,000|
|Manchester Memorial Hospital||CT||$12,840,217||$16,247,756|
|Rockville General Hospital||CT||$1,567,756||$4,446,502|
|East Orange General Hospital||NJ||$14,032,510||$10,152,201|
|Crozer Chester Medical Center||PA||$22,811,076||$62,150,753|
|Delaware County Memorial Hospital||PA||$11,463,867|
|Prospect Crozer Home Health And Hospice||PA||$565,853|
|Our Lady of Fatima Hospital||RI||$11,365,700||$8,753,440|
|Prospect Chartercare Physicians Practices||RI||$590,928|
|Roger Williams Medical Center||RI||$11,780,630||$15,587,306|
Prospect appears to have collected COVID relief money from three programs:
HHS Provider Relief Fund – General Distribution – Health and Human Services Department: Grants for providers who bill Medicare fee-for-service aimed to provide financial relief during the pandemic. Allocation is based on providers’ 2019 Medicare fee-for-Service payments.
Provider Relief Fund COVID-19 High-Impact Payments - Health and Human Services Department: Grants designated for providers in high impact COVID-19 areas. Eligibility and payment amount are based on the number of COVID-19 admissions submitted to HHS.
Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Allows providers to request advance or accelerated Medicare payments during public health emergencies. Loan amounts can be up to 100% of Medicare payment amount for a three-month period.
COVID-19 Assistance to Prospect- By Program
|HHS Provider Relief Fund – General Distribution (grant)||Health and Human Services Department||$36,392,888|
|HHS – Provider Relief Fund COVID-19 High-Impact Payments (grant)||Health and Human Services Department||$89,146,021|
|Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (loan)||Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services||$157,755,492|
Prospect’s recently closed Texas health system, Nix Health, also received $2.3 million in grant funding through HHS. Nix likely received the funding by mistake, as the first round of HHS grants was distributed automatically and Nix had closed just a few months earlier. Prospect reportedly returned the grant money to HHS. Nix ran five facilities in the San Antonio area until it was shuttered completely at the end of 2019, laying off nearly 1,000 workers.
It is unknown how much of the money Prospect received from the federal government went into its hospitals. For example, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Prospect is bidding as much as $400 million to purchase St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California.
The Leonard Green-led investor group that owns Prospect has recently come under fire by members of Congress for collecting at least $658 million from the hospital chain over the course of its ownership despite poor quality ratings, operating challenges, underfunded pensions, and regulatory scrutiny.
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