Southwestern Pennsylvania Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries Becasue of ObamaCare

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.

The Windber Medical Center, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is losing two obstetricians and two others are shifting their focus more to gynecology.

Hospital officials say the population of women of child-bearing age is dropping and that the number of births the hospital would be called upon to perform isn’t enough for it to provide the service in the face of lower reimbursements under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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3 Responses to “Southwestern Pennsylvania Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries Becasue of ObamaCare”

  1. HospitalAdmin on 17/17/13 at 9:41 am

    If you look up the Windber community, you will see a decreasing population and a mean age of 42. The hospital caters to the demographics. If you research the trends, you will see that many small hospitals have closed their birthing centers over the last couple of decades. It is cost prohibitive when their aren’t enough deliveries to cover the cost much of which is in the increased insurance cost to hospitals that deliver babies. Many small hospitals will see days pass in which their nurseries are empty and yet they must keep the personnel on hand in the event a laboring mother presents.

    Why Are Fewer Hospitals in the Delivery Business? http://www.norc.org/PDFs/Walsh%20Center/Links%20Out/DecliningAccesstoHospitalbasedObstetricServicesinRuralCounties.pdf

  2. MT Geoff on 17/17/13 at 9:42 am

    I saw this article elsewhere too. I’ve worked on a military OB unit where we had only about 600 babies a year. Low usage means very high cost, with or without Dembamacare, and problems with maintaining proficiency. Depending on how far the next OB unit is, this idea sounds correct to me, regardless of the Dembamacare angle.
    I’d be more concerned about the shift of physicians away from OB. Some of that is driven by malpractice concerns, some by the reduced fertility rates, and Dembamacare is just one more burden that makes it easier to shift practice.