- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage’s two largest hospitals are appealing the state’s recent allocation decisions in hopes of building more emergency room beds in the next several years.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (https://bit.ly/1DZWPQ9 ) that Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alaska Regional Hospital have both filed appeals accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of making groundless assumptions about costs and the best interests of the public.

Too many emergency room beds can push up health care costs, so Alaska, like most states, has laws limiting the capacity of emergency rooms. In July, Providence Alaska received permission to add eight beds, six fewer than it requested. Alaska Regional’s proposal to add satellite medical facilities was denied so as not to drive up costs.

The appeals will be heard an administrative law judge, who will make a recommendation the Department of Health commissioner.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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