Cheryl Fahlman, Laurie E. Felland, Michelle I. Banker, Allison Liebhaber, Deborah Chollet, Gilbert Gimm
The proliferation of medical specialty centers (MSCs) has raised concern about their potential impact on full-service general hospitals. This report for the Wyoming Health Care Commission provides a snapshot of the status and financial performance of for-profit and not-for-profit general hospitals in Wyoming, estimates likelihood of an MSC locating in a particular market based on the characteristics of that market, and summarizes policy implications. Researchers found that the strongest predictors of the likelihood that an MSC would emerge in a market area are population level and the number of for-profit hospitals. MSCs tend to emerge in areas with greater populations because the patient base and demand for services is likely to be greater.
A copy of the report can be accessed at the Wyoming Health Care Commissions Web site by clicking here.