Hospital is hindering care |

Hospital is hindering care

Dear Editor:The public needs to be aware of an Aspen Valley Hospital administrative policy that is compromising hospital health care access.Several years ago, when the hospital was financially compromised by administrative ineptitude, it obtained a designation as a Critical Care Access Hospital, which improved Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements but restricted its bed census to a limit of 25 inpatients while in actuality it is technically a 40-bed hospital.Now that the hospital is financially solvent, the Critical Care designation has several times compromised patient admissions for needed, nonelective procedures like surgery and obstetrical deliveries.The hospital administration and board need to be encouraged to rescind the Critical Care designation and look for other alternative cost-saving measures so that we don’t have census restrictions that do truly hinder critical care patient admissions.Mallory T. Harling, M.D.Carbondale

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