Community hospital inpatient pediatric programs face a variety of challenges including financial instability, variable censuses, difficulty maintaining qualified staff, and a lack of focus for the hospital. With the addition of new payment models, such as bundled payments and global budgets, along with a global pandemic, the future of community hospital pediatric inpatient care is uncertain at best. In this article we summarize the challenges, opportunities, and potential solutions to maintaining high-quality care for hospitalized children in community hospitals.
The Future of Inpatient Community Hospital Care: Is There One?
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Scott D. Krugman, Daniel A. Rauch; The Future of Inpatient Community Hospital Care: Is There One?. Hosp Pediatr April 2021; 11 (4): 422–426. https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2020-003905
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