Update on New York hospital closures and restructuring...states insurance reimbursement system is a much larger issue overall...BD

The reason is because last year's Berger Commission report single-handedly laid the groundwork for nine hospital closures and the reconfiguration of 47 more statewide. Stephen Berger, the chairman of the commission, formally known as the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, knows what his reputation is now with those in government and health care alike.

Berger said the hospital closures and mergers are only a first step. The larger problem is the insurance reimbursement system, which he said forces hospitals to offer highly specialized services, such as advanced cardiac care, because the higher reimbursement covers lower reimbursed services such as maternity.

Berger defends hospital closings -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY


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