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SOURCE City of North Kansas City
Changing Health Care Industry Requires Hospital to Prepare For the Future; City Council Questions Hospital Board's Secrecy, Obstruction Tactics
NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the American Hospital Association, the number of standalone hospitals in the United States has dropped by nearly 43% since 1990. This is due in large part to lower reimbursement levels, fewer hospital visits, increased capital requirements, and other pressures brought on by the recession and health care reform.
Consider the following:
Yet here in North Kansas City, the Board of Trustees that oversees the North Kansas City Hospital seemingly refuses to acknowledge this reality. What is the Hospital's plan to ensure the Hospital remains competitive in the face of increasing consolidation, intensifying cost pressures, lower reimbursements, and shrinking hospital visits? Does the Hospital have a plan to best compete long-term, especially when other standalone hospitals are taking action today?
While the North Kansas City City Council has repeatedly demanded answers to these questions from the Hospital – along with basic operating data and other information – the Hospital's Board of Trustees instead responded with expensive lawsuits, special interest legislation, misinformation and other tactics designed to waste taxpayer dollars, protect their own self-interests and scare our citizens and Hospital employees.
The citizens of North Kansas City need to ask themselves – and the Hospital Board of Trustees - why won't the Hospital Board work with the City to make sure we are taking the right steps now to preserve the Hospital's future and protect our citizens' access to health care?
The City Council of North Kansas City is not willing to leave the Hospital's future to chance. We therefore call on the Hospital Board of Trustees and management to immediately:
Despite what the Hospital Board of Trustees and management are trying to suggest through press conferences, robo calls to our citizens, and other disingenuous tactics, no sale of the hospital is imminent. That being said, we must act now to thoughtfully, cooperatively, and objectively review the Hospital under the realities it faces and take whatever action is ultimately necessary to protect this valuable community asset and ensure our residents have access to the quality care they've come to know for years to come.
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