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In a state where all hospitals are either public or non-profit, Gov. Cuomo's bid to permit private investment in health facilities stirs cheer among fans and fears among opponents of the for-profit hospital model.
Quietly, three Brooklyn hospitals are revamping their operations to increase efficiency and reduce ER visits—hoping to avoid the fate that has befallen LICH and Interfaith.
Brooklyn hospitals are collapsing in a dog-eat-dog maelstrom of plunging Medicaid reimbursements, failed action plans and exhausting rounds of recriminations.
Struggling to stay afloat, Interfaith plots restructuring – and closure – while waiting for a lifeline from the state Department of Health.
The state wants to close and merge hospitals to shore up health-system finances. But front-line health providers say patients shouldn't pay the price for problems caused by government funding schemes.
In the immediate post-hurricane period, the school system made all lunches free. Food advocates would like to see the change made permanent—arguing health benefits justify the cost.
With 15 hospital closings in the past decade, and six more in Brooklyn on shaky ground, New York's healthcare system is caught between balancing the budget and providing the medicine people need.
Facing a severe fiscal crisis, New York's public hospitals brought in a consultant for advice. But determining best practices for a one-of-a-kind charity healthcare system is a tricky operation.
In the past year, the housing authority has let contracts worth $10 million to a consultant to oversee a major restructuring. The content of that advice is under wraps.
From schools to public housing to hospitals that serve the poor, private firms are being brought in to rescue remnants of an earlier, more ambitious era of government.