Changes to healthcare bring added stress to hospital administrators

MPR News, October 20, 2010

Some hospital administrators in Minnesota say health care reform's looming changes are causing some sleepless nights.

Imagine trying to run a business where lives are at stake, costs are rising, and revenues aren't keeping up -- all in the middle of a severe recession. Then, Congress changes the rules you've worked by for decades but hasn't spelled out what those new regulations will look like.

Tim Rice runs Lakewood Health System, a small hospital in Staples, Minn. with 25 beds. He said health reform was like a big rock perched on a cliff. People talked about it for decades but Congress never pushed the rock over the edge -- until now.

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