In a sign of how scared big hospitals are of competition, and how officials go along with them, consider how BJC HealthCare got public officials to block a competitor’s bid to build a tiny, 10-bed hospital in Columbia, Mo.
University of Missouri Healthcare and its partner Nueterra, a Kansas-based healthcare-management firm, wanted to build the mainly surgical hospital near Highway 63 and Discovery Parkway.
But Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee rejected them by a vote of 5-2, apparently because the project would have been only about five miles from Boone Hospital Center, BJC’s 397-bed hospital in Columbia.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch said that “the past, BJC, the largest employer in St. Louis, has adamantly opposed projects that aim to offer only specific services, and especially those with a focus on surgeries.”
Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy Health is joining two other Missouri-based health systems to create a multi-state provider network.
The new collaborative of Mercy, University of Missouri Healthcare and St. Joseph-based Mosaic Life Care is called MPact Health.
The partners predictably said they plan to deliver high quality care at a low cost and will work together to share best practices.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch says the trio are already working on certain initiatives, including expanding telemedicine to “underserved areas of Missouri, creating a database to support population health and working with payers to offer ‘Innovative network options’ that are also low-cost for patients. ”
They also say that they’ll explore developing “a clinically integrated network of employed, independent and private practice physicians focused on improving healthcare quality and outcomes.”