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Alegent Creighton: Big changes are coming

Article Date: Aug 29, 2013

Officials say one or more metro-area hospitals could shift their focus to mostly outpatient services. 

Prepare for changes at Alegent Creighton Health hospitals because doing business as usual isn’t an option, Alegent Creighton’s chief executive officer says. 

Richard Hachten told The World-Herald that there are too many hospital beds in Omaha at a time when Medicare has begun to devalue inpatient services and to penalize hospitals with high readmission rates. 

He said a plan put together over the next several months will lead to a transformation of his hospital system. 

Hachten and the Rev. Timothy Lannon, Creighton University’s president, stressed that no decisions on consolidation of services, hospital closures or anything else have been made. They suggested, though, that one or more hospitals’ emphasis may change from inpatient to mostly outpatient services. 

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