More on this debate...do some of these hospitals in fact "cherry pick" patients...and do they have all the equipment and staff required to response to various emergencies? The debate continues...BD
Traditional hospitals have long complained that so-called boutique hospitals, which generally offer specialty services such as cardiac care or orthopedic surgery, cherry-pick the best patients and skimp on charity care. Supporters, meanwhile, contend they offer patients a choice and beef up competition, thereby improving the quality of care all around.
Congress has been debating the tricky question for years: Should doctors be allowed to have ownership in the hospitals they send their patients to? Regardless, the issue is likely to come up again in six months when Congress revisits Medicare payments to physicians.
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