The New York Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century issued broad policy recommendations for rightsizing and restructuring the states stressed hospital and nursing home industries. Recommendations included Medicaid reimbursement reform, expansion of home and community-based alternatives to nursing homes, and development of primary-care infrastructure and hybrid delivery models. The commission also recommended a comprehensive analysis of the feasibility of privatizing the states public teaching hospitals at Stony Brook, Syracuse and Brooklyn, noting that the State University of New York hospitals suffer competitive disadvantages despite 1998 legislation that gave them greater operational flexibility. The commissions long-awaited recommendations for closing or restructuring specific facilities throughout the state are expected to be released Nov. 28. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. commission outlines plan for state healthcare overhaul
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