Rationalizing Cardiology Care in an Era of Hospital Consolidation


CardioSource WorldNews

When it comes to the cardiovascular (CV) service line, consolidation can enable greater subspecialization for services that typically have limited volume but are critical to comprehensive patient care. However, consolidation can also create a crowded clinical environment in which newly consolidated hospitals provide overlapping services. As a result, systems are evaluating strategies for rationalizing cardiology services within given markets. This column highlights the common challenges organizations may face and offers guidance for determining the appropriate level of rationalization.

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