In health care, an organization that is only focused on its own needs can produce unanticipated, harmful results. As providers, they need to encourage more planning and cooperation on a regional level to ensure that the healthcare needs of all Americans are met with the fewest dollars. As community hospitals duplicate services traditionally handled by teaching hospitals, they are financially harming safety net hospitals. Even as teaching hospitals lose volume to community hospitals, they must continue to maintain the high overhead costs associated with their teaching missions and commitments to the indigent. Many healthcare experts believe market forces can eliminate inefficient providers and expensive duplication, but this approach may take years to play out. Hospitals and their medical staffs need to find a way to collaborate and develop convenient, low-cost ways to offer nonurgent care; otherwise, they will be inviting outsiders to compete with them.
regional healthcare planning benefits all Ray Lefton Healthcare Financial Management; Nov 2008; 62, 11; Docstoc pg. 36 Reproduced with permission of the copyr
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