Health care providers including Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., Are calling on regulators to reject a proposal to build a 24-bed orthopedic hospital, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Palm Beach County commissioners are expected to vote on July 22 on the proposal. As part of the plan, 29 local orthopedic surgeons would build and operate a 24-bed micro-hospital west of Delray Beach, Florida. Surgeons said their hospital will provide more specialized care to patients than surrounding hospitals.
However, the Delray Medical Center argued that commissioners should reject the proposal because it would have a negative financial impact on area hospitals and could harm patients.
Specifically, Louis Tummnia, DO, chairman of the medical staff at Delray, argued that the specialty hospital would draw patients with private and commercial insurance away from hospitals, which would generate “high levels of income for investing physicians.” , according to the report. Dr Tummnia also raised concerns about how the specialist hospital would treat complications if they occurred in his emergency room.
The Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida is also calling on county commissioners to reject the proposal, citing concerns about the proposed facility only accepting patients with premium commercial insurance. The center also said the specialist hospital could hurt the finances of community hospitals.
Although both organizations have said the medical center will not accept lower reimbursement insurance, surgeons have said they will accept Medicare patients “absolutely” once CMS clears the surgical facility to do so.