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mahatmakanejeeves

(58,725 posts)
Tue Mar 26, 2024, 03:04 AM Mar 2024

After Appalachian hospitals merged into a monopoly, their ERs slowed to a crawl

HEALTH
After Appalachian hospitals merged into a monopoly, their ERs slowed to a crawl

Tennessee and Virginia have so far announced no steps to reduce time spent in Ballad ERs

BY: KFF HEALTH NEWS - MARCH 25, 2024 4:35 PM

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Ballad Health, a 20-hospital system in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia, benefits from the largest state-sanctioned hospital monopoly in the United States. In the six years since lawmakers in both states waived anti-monopoly laws and Ballad was formed, ER visits for patients sick enough to be hospitalized grew more than three times as long and now far exceed the criteria set by state officials, according to Ballad reports released by the Tennessee Department of Health.

Tennessee and Virginia have so far announced no steps to reduce time spent in Ballad ERs. The Tennessee health department, which has a more direct role in regulating Ballad, has each year issued a report saying the agreement that gave Ballad a monopoly “continues to provide a Public Advantage.” Department officials have twice declined to comment to KFF Health News on Ballad’s performance.

According to Ballad’s latest annual report, which was released this month and spans from July 2022 to June 2023, the median time that patients spend in Ballad ERs before being admitted to the hospital is nearly 11 hours. This statistic includes both time spent waiting and time being treated in the ER and excludes patients who weren’t admitted or left the ER without receiving care.

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After Appalachian hospitals merged into a monopoly, their ERs slowed to a crawl (Original Post) mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2024 OP
No surprise there Old Crank Mar 2024 #1
They found efficiencies by making things slower and more expensive IronLionZion Mar 2024 #2

IronLionZion

(46,017 posts)
2. They found efficiencies by making things slower and more expensive
Tue Mar 26, 2024, 08:22 AM
Mar 2024

if people die waiting, they die. As long as the profits are healthy.

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