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UCLA to operate the Motion Picture and Television Fund medical centers

Posted: May 28, 2014 4:22 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2014 4:22 p.m.

Beginning June 1, the Motion Picture and Television Fund health care centers, including the one on McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita, will operate under the UCLA Health System umbrella.

“We were approached by MPTF last fall,” said Patricia A. Kapur, MD, executive vice president, UCLA Health System, CEO, UCLA Faculty Practice Group. “With all the changes in health care they were looking for a larger organization with a greater depth of resources to carry forth with all the great work they’ve done for their patients.”

The MPTF wanted to find a healthcare organization that would have similar patient coordination and treatment methods for the members of the entertainment system, she said. UCLA’s style of operating made a good fit.

Although 24 employees were given the required California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification for termination, it was only a formality, Kapur said.

The health centers will remain open, and the doctors and staff are staying onboard, said Jennifer Fagen, spokesperson for the MPTF. Kapur confirmed.

All five health care centers operated by the MPTF will remain open, but operated under the UCLA health care system umbrella, Fagen said.

Patients shouldn’t notice much change.

“We have been working very diligently on both sides to address all the issues involved in becoming part of the UCLA system,” Kapur said. “Our healthcare philosophy is very similar to their’s.”

The doctors and staff will be at the same locations. The signage will be co-branded to reflect both UCLA Health System and the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Little changes patients will notice will be the healthcare organization’s name on uniforms, badges, instruction forms, prescription pads and more. They’ll reflect the UCLA name.

“The Industry Health Network of specialty providers will be maintained for patients,” Kapur said. “They’ll even have access to some of the UCLA doctors that are already part of the network.”

Although UCLA will operate the centers, the MPTF medical centers will continue operating exclusively for the benefit of the MPTF industry members for the next two years, she said. That term was per the agreement signed between the two parties in October 2013.

“The MPTF wanted to continue to operate the medical center on McBean for the benefit of the entertainment industry,” she said.

What changes might ensue after that, is unknown at this time. UCLA is also working on the Tourney Road building in Valencia that it purchased in late 2012. The general public will have access to physicians and specialists at that location when construction work is completed and the center opens.

As for patient medical records, UCLA will be integrating their health care records into its own electronic patient records system in the future – maybe 12 to 15 months down the road. Until then, patient records will continue to be stored n the electronic system that the MPTF has been operating.

“As we learned more about their goals and how they run their system, we found many similarities to how we run our health care centers,” Kapur said.

And the MPTF was just accredited by a national committee on quality assurance, meaning they offer all a good quality level of care and coordinate patient care in good manner, she said.

“We’ve all worked so hard to have it go as smooth as possible,” she said.


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