Study examines role, impact of specialty hospitals

04/25/2009 | Modern Healthcare (free registration)

Specialty hospitals don't have a negative financial effect on general hospitals, according to a report by the Center for Studying Health System Change. The study, which included the Indianapolis, Phoenix and Little Rock, Ark., markets, showed general hospitals initially had some trouble recruiting staff, maintaining patient referrals and keeping up service volumes, but they saw little change in patient acuity due to competition with a specialty hospital.

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