Washington Post: A Whole New Operation

Posted by Clark Venable on 12/21/2004

A Whole New Operation (washingtonpost.com)

The following quote from the article gives a hint as to what may be going on behind the scenes in Pennsylvania's recent change in posture toward laparoscopic procedures in ASC's:

" "The one major health care player that's not pleased is your community hospital. Ellen Pryga, policy director of the American Hospital Association, said ASCs tend to draw away just the kinds of patients that financially pressed hospitals need to stay in business: people with relatively simple medical problems and the ability to pay. 'If the community looked to you to be the provider for all the safety net services,' she asked, 'and your ability to generate the revenues to support these services was disappearing left and right, wouldn't you be nervous?'" "

One thing to remember, though, is that many hospitals are investors in ASC's and so do share in the revenue they generate.

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