Hospitals Know Patients Come First Even When Balancing the Budget

According to The New York Times, the for-profit hospital chain health Management Associates set aggressive goals to admit patients based on increasing their bottom line and not on patient care. Physicians were actually coded – like stop lights – at green, yellow and red to show not their quality of care or even their efficiency – but their successful rate of admission – where it did not matter whether the patient was sick or healthy – they were just all admitted for care.

Many hospitals and medical facilities are carefully watching the bottom line, especially with concerns over the changing regulations for health insurance and how this will affect reimbursement. But 99.9% would never consider schemes and scams like the one that Health Management Associates actually put into play for their unsuspecting patients. Hospitals know they care for patients and want them to leave healthier and better, not with emptier wallets.Hospitals and facilities are looking at other ways to lower their costs and improve their bottom line – all while keeping patient care their #1 concern. Sadly, when potential patients hear of hospitals and hospital groups such as Hospital Management Associates and their wrong doings, it can be easy to wonder if their hospitals nearby are efficient and would ever take aggressive measures to cut costs.

How have you shown patients that patient care is your top priority – all while keeping the bottom line in mind? Many hospitals and facilities do face cutbacks but still are dedicated to their patients.

Quite likely the biggest cutbacks your patients will notice are changes in staff. If you decrease your staff, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals there may be cause for concern. Patients will worry there will not be someone to care for them when they are ill, or for their loved one when they need that critical care.

If the time comes when you need to consider your bottom line, remember that other cuts affect patient care less. It may be easier to cut back on landscaping for the hospital grounds than to consider decreasing nurses in the E.R. or the maternity ward.