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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:42 PM

24. Here is just one small issue from today...

Cape Cod Times
By Cynthia Mccormick
November 14, 2008

New state regulations specify that physician-owned day surgery centers will undergo the same review process as hospitals seeking to expand their services.

Regulations passed this week by the state's Public Health Council say physician-run surgery centers have to prove their services won't duplicate or threaten existing programs.

A Cape Cod Healthcare official said that's a good thing, but a hospital lobbyist said the new regulations may be too late to help Cape Cod hospitals competing against lower-cost physician-owned surgery centers.

"These tighter regulations make sense," said David Reilly, spokesman for Cape Cod Healthcare, the parent company of Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals. "We're in favor of anything that would level the playing field."

The new regulations say physician-run surgery centers have to meet the same guidelines as hospitals, which are required to be open 24 hours a day and cannot deny care based on inability to pay, Reilly said.

Officials at Cape Cod Healthcare have been saying that ambulatory surgery centers run by physicians have siphoned off patients, cut into hospital profits and contributed to the fiscal crisis that led the organization to lay off 169 employees this summer.


So outpatient is cheaper, but hospitals fight like crazy to keep these surgery centers from growing in their areas because it eats into there profits. The politicians are helping the hospitals (thanks to the lobbyists) by including duplication regs, EVEN THO hospital based costs are higher!

All of these healthcare issues involve businesses fighting for their very survival in a quickly changing world. We need serious politicians who are not on the take to work through these issues, or it is going to get VERY PAINFUL for all of us. A quick read of this article tells us exactly why it is so damned hard to lower costs.

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