Failed execution attemptAs investigators dig deeper into the failed execution of a Chinese businessman in Berbice, a source close to the probe has revealed that the police are looking at a possible credit arrangement as the motive behind the attack.This publication understands the Chinese businessman had credited some $4 million in materials to a Corriverton businessman. However, the Chinese businessman allegedly did not receive it which reportedly led to a dispute. The Corriverton businessman has since been taken into Police custody.On Monday, Police in B Division (Berbice) confirmed that they have arrested a third person in connection with the failed execution attempt on a Chinese businessman at Skeldon, Berbice, last week.Guyana Times understands that he is also from Corriverton. According to Police sources, the two others — who were arrested at separate roadblocks in Berbice — have confessed to having been paid to murder the businessman.One day after their arrest, both men confessed to collecting $1 million each from a city businessman to torture and kill the Chinese national. According to the men, the money was dropped off by a taxi driver.According to reports, on Thursday last, the two bandits drove up in a heavily tinted Toyota Premio motorcar and entered the window-making factory. Guyana Times was told that the men walked up to the businessman and hit him to the face with a hammer.According to reports, the men were seen rushing out of the building and hurriedly entering the waiting car before it sped away. The businessman was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was admitted a patient.Meanwhile, based on the description and number plate given to Police by persons in the area, a car was intercepted at a roadblock on the Corentyne. According to Police, only the driver was in the vehicle and his address was given as Lodge, Georgetown. The police noted that the driver could not give a reasonable explanation for his being in Berbice. He was taken into custody.However, at Number 50 Village, Police arrested another man who could not give a reasonable explanation for being in Berbice. He is from Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.Investigations are still ongoing.
Hospital Chiefs Earn Big Bucks For ‘Glitzier’ Medicine A JAMA Internal Medicine study found that quality of patient care at a facility is less likely to be reflected in the CEO’s pay than other factors.Kaiser Health News: Pay For Hospital CEOs Linked More To Technology, Patient Satisfaction Than Quality, Study FindsWhat do hospital boards value in a chief executive? A new study of CEO pay at nonprofit hospitals finds that executives at institutions that have a lot of fancy medical technology and high patient satisfaction are paid more than their peers. But running a hospital that scores well on keeping more patients alive or providing extensive charity care does not translate into a compensation bump (Rau, 10/14).The Associated Press: Hospital CEO Pay, Patient Outcomes Not In SyncCEOs were paid more at hospitals that got high patient satisfaction scores; used more high-tech equipment including advanced imaging machines; had more beds and were located in large urban areas. But pay wasn’t reflected in 30-day outcomes for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia in 2008, including deaths and readmissions. Those are among publicly reported outcome measures used by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and others (Tanner, 10/15).Reuters: Hospital CEO Pay Not Tied To Quality Of Study”I was hoping I’d see even some modest relationship with quality performance,” said Dr. Ashish Jha. “I think we were a little disappointed.” Jha worked on the study at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He and his colleagues combined data from tax returns, hospital surveys and performance and cost reports (Pittman, 10/14).Bloomberg: U.S. Nonprofit Hospital CEO Annual Pay Averages $600,000Heads of U.S. nonprofit hospitals earn an average of almost $600,000 a year, compensation that isn’t tied to quality measures such as mortality rates, a Harvard University study found. The chief executive officers paid the most oversee larger, urban hospitals that are usually teaching institutions and have a median salary of more than $1.66 million, according to research published today in JAMA Internal Medicine (Ostrow, 10/14).Medpage Today: Hospital CEO Pay Not Tied To QualityNot surprisingly, executive pay was higher for those heading up larger hospitals … at teaching hospitals … and in urban settings. Shepherding a hospital in a small rural town, for instance, was worth $195,553 less than being responsible for an urban facility (Pittman, 10/14).Modern Healthcare: Hospitals With Expensive Tech, High Patient Satisfaction Have Highest-Paid CEOsIn an accompanying commentary that appears in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, wrote he wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings that “bigger, glitzier, more prestigious hospitals,” paid more compared to other facilities. However, Browner took issue with some of the study’s findings. He wrote that researchers leapt to conclusions about causality without considering the full range of variables (Selvam, 10/14).Earlier, related KHN story: Hospital CEO Bonuses Reward Volume And Growth (Hancock, 6/16) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.