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Specialty Hospitals: Focused Factories or Cream Skimmers?

Date and Time:

April 15, 2003
8:30 a.m. - noon.
Registration and continental
breakfast at 8:00 a.m.


Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

HCS is sponsoring a timely conference titled, "Specialty Hospitals: Focused Factories or Cream Skimmers?" The conference will examine the recent growth in the construction of specialty facilities focused on specific surgical procedures. HSC will release a new report examining the reasons behind this building boom and its implications for costs, quality and access to care.

The U.S. has a long tradition of some types of specialty hospitals (e.g., children's, rehabilitation, and eye and ear), but specialty hospitals focusing on cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures are relatively new and rapidly increasing in number.

Breakfast/Registration 8:00
Opening Remarks
Paul B. Ginsburg, President, HSC
Kelly Devers, Ph.D., HSC
Questions and Answers 9:00-9:15
Panel One: The View from the Health System
Moderator: Paul Ginsburg
  • William Greene, CEO, OrthoArkansas
  • David Kelleher, Health Care Options, Indianapolis
  • Gary Taylor, Principal of Equity Research, Bank of America Securities
  • William Petasnick, CEO, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Break 10:15-10:30
Panel Two: The View from the Policy Makers
  • Maria Castillo, Office of Rep. Jerry Kleczka, (D-Wisc.)
  • Mark Miller, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
  • Thomas Walsh, consultant
Questions and Answers 11:30-11:45
Closing Remarks
Paul Ginsburg


The deadline for registration is Friday, April 11. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for this or any HSC conference.

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Specialty Hospitals: Focused Factories or Cream Skimmers?

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