Dear Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Community,
I’d like to share with you the following summary from a national report published in April 2013 by KaufmanHall, a leading strategic healthcare consulting firm, about the new era of healthcare reform:
"As healthcare transforms from a hospital-centric to a population-centric model, the speed of utilization decline will vary by market or region, but growth-rate declines—leading possibly to real declines in volume—could occur across much, if not most, of the nation."
What does this mean to Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth? Simply put, it means that Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth is not immune to current and future inpatient declines. Across the nation, and in Massachusetts, hospitals continue to operate in the “grey zone” of inpatient volume declines, reduced federal and state reimbursements, and having to change from an “admit everyone” attitude to one of only admitting those who truly require being admitted—the foundation of healthcare reform in the United States.
On June 4, 2013, the Boston Globe reported that Boston Medical Center may eliminate about 85 of its 496 beds as it braces for state and federal budget cuts and healthcare reform pressure to shift more care to outpatient settings. Other hospitals in Massachusetts are experiencing a similar reality.
The same week that the Boston Globe printed a story about Boston Medical Center and their plans, the Old Colony Memorial printed a similar story about our decision to consolidate 3 EAST into 2 EAST and 3 SOUTH due to inpatient volume declines and continued state and federal reimbursement cuts.
This is not an easy time for Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth. All of us are being forced to adapt and change how we’ve worked and provided healthcare for the last 10, 20, 30 years. What we can’t change is our mission and focus on providing patients with exceptional care. If we don’t provide the care that our patients want, deserve, and in a professional manner, they will go elsewhere for their care.
If we take the time to look beyond the immediate horizon, I’m confident that what we all will see is a bright future for Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth. By years-end, we plan to become part of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We anticipate that once we become part of BIDMC that the number of inpatients and outpatients will gradually increase due to being part of a larger network. As part of BIDMC, we’ll have more primary care physicians coming to the region to provide primary and family medicine services that are hard to find.
Finally, we have employees, volunteers, nurses, and physicians who live and work in this community. They are the backbone of Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth. We are all experiencing the healthcare reform change together. Together, we’ll get through the change and Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth will be in a stronger position as a result of the change.
President & CEO
Jordan Health Systems