Small hospitals push to do heart work
AP/Yahoo News, March 31, 2008
Except in emergencies, most states ban the practice of patients having their arteries unclogged at a hospital that lacks heart surgeons. But more small hospitals are trying it in non-urgent cases, and a study suggests it may not be as risky as has been feared. If confirmed by other ongoing studies, it could change state policies and would mean more money for community hospitals struggling to stay profitable and options for patients who must travel to big cities for care.