Mike Pukszta has been interviewed by the Las Vegas Review Journal in a recent article highlighting the introduction of microhospitals in the area. As an emerging trend in healthcare, the microhospital model is on the rise nationwide — existing in 19 states as of April 2017, according to US News and World Report.
In the article, Pukszta identified three forces driving the viability of micro-hospitals:
- Reimbursement rates from Medicaid and Medicare
- Market demand
- A national effort to reduce healthcare costs
Noting our work at the University of Missouri Health’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Pukszta said the microhospital model seems to be successful in generating more patient volume based on outcomes. “The cost of care is lower in that building than it is in a hospital, and it’s been really successful in the marketplace. People like it because they can go to a very simple little setting and they can have orthopedic surgery done, spend the night and go home without getting into the mess of a whole hospital,” he said.
The full article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal can be found here.