Specialty hospitals treated a smaller percentage of Medicaid patients than general acute-care hospitals did in the same specialty and were half as likely to operate ERs, according to a General Accounting Office report released today. The report, requested by Reps. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) and Jerry Kleczka (D-Wis.), is based on data from six states. General hospitals in the same market as specialty hospitals reported that 6% of cardiac patients were covered by Medicaid, while 3% of specialty hospitals' admissions were Medicaid, the report said. Specialty hospitals also lagged in providing emergency care; 45% operated ERs, compared with 92% of general hospitals, the report said. Read the report on the GAO Web site under new reports. -- by Patrick Reilly
GAO report compares specialty, general hospitals
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