Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Who Represented Jackson?

A side note to the reader who found our humble blog through a Google search for "bra padding" -- we're flattered and hope you found what you are looking for.

On to this great John Dorshner article about Jackson Health System settling a lawsuit that was arbitrated before former Chief Judge Davis:
Under a court-ordered arbitration agreement, International Portfolio of West Conshohocken, Pa., is getting $310 million in billings that Jackson has never asked the patients to pay. Whatever money the company collects, it keeps. Jackson gets nothing.
The arbitration agreement -- revealed recently to The Miami Herald -- settled a lawsuit filed by International Portfolio that alleged Jackson had reneged on a 2006 contract. Under the contract, the company paid Jackson $5.7 million to get $1.8 billion in billings that the health system had tried but been unable to collect on.

Coming on the heels of a grand jury report earlier this month that called Jackson ``a colossal mess,'' Sal 
Barbera, a former hospital administrator who teaches at Florida International University, found the new revelation ``unacceptable . . . an example of mismanagement on the part of Jackson. . . . I can only hope the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County are not paying for this due to the incompetence of Jackson.''

Barbera noted some uninsured patients could be extremely lucrative. Besides the poor who have no coverage, ``Jackson also attracts wealthy, self-pay international patients that are more than capable of paying their healthcare bills. . . . What about patients that come to Jackson for cosmetic surgery that is not covered by insurance?''

Ted Shaw, Jackson's interim chief financial officer since March, said hospitals frequently sell off old, uncollected bills, but giving away billings that a hospital has never tried to collect on was highly unusual. He said this was a bad deal that Jackson was stuck with because of actions before his time.
So who was the superstar who litigated this case against Jackson?  That one's easy:
The company's Miami attorney, Joel Hirschhorn, told about criticism that the deal was bad for Jackson, responded: ``That means I did a good job.''
Indeed he did.

But who represented Jackson and possibly did the opposite of a "good job"?

John doesn't say.


GB said...

Bra padding?!

You SEE!?!?

I added something to the blog, after all....

Anonymous said...

Diamond Joel Hirschhorn....

Anonymous said...

A lawyer at the Dade County Attorney's Office. You get what you pay for.....

Anonymous said...

County Attorney's office.....where all once promising lawyers are put to pasture.

Surprised Ned didn't queer this settlement. Fact that he didn't leads me to believe its a hollow , paper victory that is in the best interest of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

And what you pay is a lot. Have you seen the salaries at the County Attorney's Office???

The "Heck of a job Brownie" Award goes to one of these Assistant County Attorneys who represent the Public Health Trust:

Juliette R. Antoine
Maria Arista-Volsky
Jason Bloch
Valda Clark Christian
Karon M. Coleman
David Hope
Cynthia Johnson-Stacks
Laura M. Llorente
Brenda Kuhns Neuman
Jeffrey Poppel
Estephanie Resnik
Eugene Shy, Jr.
Terrence A. Smith
Shannon D. Summerset
Martin Sybblis
Peter Tell

Anonymous said...

PACER reports it as Eric Alberto Rodriguez.

Anonymous said...

eric is a good lawyer.... maybe the facts were bad? imagine that?