‘Microhospitals’ Fill Some Emergency Room Needs

From Managed Care:

With an eye on fast-growing urban and suburban markets, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often with fewer than a dozen inpatient beds, according to a report from Kaiser Health News.

These “microhospitals” provide local residents with quicker access to emergency care, and they may also offer outpatient surgery, primary care, and other services. They are generally affiliated with larger health care systems, which can use the smaller facilities to expand in an area without incurring the cost of a full-scale hospital. So far, microhospitals are being developed in only a few states—Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona.

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