Specialty Versus Community Hospitals: What Role For The Law?

Citation:

Choudhry S, Choudhry NK, Brennan TA. Specialty Versus Community Hospitals: What Role For The Law? [Internet]. Health Affairs (Millwood) 2005;
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Aug 9

Abstract:

U.S. health care has long featured a struggle between regulation and markets as vehicles of reform, and the community hospital is at the center of this struggle. The key to its financial viability is cross-subsidization, whereby revenues from insured patients subsidize the care of the uninsured and underinsured, and profits from well-compensated services support those operating at a loss. Cross-subsidization has been challenged by efforts to move highly compensated services and well-insured patients to ambulatory surgical centers and specialty hospitals. We review the ongoing battle between through a legal lens and offer conjectures about the outcome. Refined certificate-of-need regulation may be the preferable policy choice.

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0278-2715 (Print)Journal article

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