Will hospitals consider converting to a short-stay model?

A Texas hospital is adopting a short-stay model--treating patients for admissions that last 24 hours or less--and it may be a model other providers emulate, according to the Port Arthur News. Christus Southeast Texas Health System will convert St. Mary Hospital to a short-stay provider as soon as Sept. 1,  providing emergency department services and mostly outpatient surgeries. Five of St. Mary's departments will transfer to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont--along with its higher-risk patients. Christus Southeast officials say the conversion is part of the current business realities of operating a hospital--far more patients can be treated on an outpatient basis compared to the past, and inpatient numbers are declining. Read the FierceHealthcare article