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Reality Check: The Real State of Hospitals in Our Evolving Health Care Model

March 10, 2014 | Chip Kahn

Category: Backstop, Health Care Delivery, Media, Realignment, Spending Slowdown, Uncategorized

In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar with a conservative think tank, disparages hospital realignment and declares hospitals the probable “big winners” as the nation’s health care landscape transforms toward integrated systems and coordinated care. Mr. Matthews bases his assertions upon a series of claims that run counter to what is really happening with hospitals serving their communities today. What’s worse, they neglect to factor in crucial data that tell a much different story. To accurately weigh in on the state of hospitals, it’s necessary to operate with all of the facts. This is the reality for America’s hospitals.

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