Specialty Hospitals in Kansas: An Unfolding Story

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Dec 12, 2006


Sheldon Weisgrau


This report assesses both the services provided by specialty hospitals in Kansas and their impact on the general hospitals with which they compete. It confirms that specialty hospitals provide a more limited range of services, treat fewer types of cases and are more focused on surgical procedures than general hospitals. It also concludes that specialty hospitals treat a higher proportion of Medicare patients and lower proportions of Medicaid and uninsured payments than general hospitals. Still, it indicates that the impact of specialty hospitals on general hospitals has been mixed. It varies based on the market area surveyed and the specific service lines reviewed. The analysis, conducted jointly by the Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, with the cooperation of the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Surgical Hospital Association, concludes with a series of state-level policy options designed to help policymakers better monitor the marketplace and foresee the impact of policy changes on the health care system.

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The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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