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

Suggested Articles

A commonly used format for formulary submissions has been updated to enable drug companies to share information with payers on unapproved products.

We are calling for nominations to honor minority leaders in the industry who are shaping the way healthcare of the future will be delivered.

NextGen Healthcare's Rusty Frantz sounded off about hospitals opposing proposed federal data-sharing rules while also sharing data with tech giants.