RecentlyÂ I ran into the office manager for one of Houstonâ€™s largest pediatric practices.Â New patient visits are way down and their doctors are looking for ways to keep business rolling.Â The same day I picked up this piece in the Wall Street Journal which shows declining admissions and doctor visits as a national trend.Â This is bad news and shows how our faltering economy is finally working its way more visibly into healthcare.
And apparently weâ€™re making fewer babies â€“- admissions to neonatal intensive care units are down.Â This is a problem.Â For large tertiary medical centers and hospitals specializing in maternal-child health, babies are the critical customers of a healthy operation.
A few thoughts on what to look for (or dare I say, what to “expect”) with fewer babies:
Pipelines. Look for tighter referral relationships between large tertiary centers and the smaller community hospitals that deliver babies in need of specialized care.Â Centers already aligned with ready-made networks should be well-positioned for the downturn. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at 33 Charts*