In response to Jessica Zigmond's "More privately insured patients sent to doc-owned ASCs: study":
Based on your article, 55% of Medicaid patients were referred to physician-owned facilities. This demonstrates that physician-owned facilities are bearing the brunt of the Medicaid population and thereby relieving most of the burden that community hospitals traditionally faced. Furthermore, it seems that physician-owned facilities are able to make a modest profit on these lower reimbursing insurers. How can anyone conclude that physician-owned facilities are detrimental to community hospitals?
Stephen Banco, M.D.the Surgical Institute of Reading Wyomissing, Pa. To submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown.