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Doctors Opening Small Specialty Hospitals

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Doctors Opening Small Specialty Hospitals

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Doctors Opening Small Specialty Hospitals

Doctors Opening Small Specialty Hospitals

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An Attorney's Point of View

Donna Klein is a member and head of McGlinchey Stafford's health care section in the New Orleans office. She is also a member of the firm's Policy Committee. Since receiving her law degree from Tulane University School of Law, Klein has combined her prior experience as a registered nurse with her legal practice. She has represented both full-service hospitals and specialty hospitals. Below, she offers an overview of the specialty hospital debate.

In a growing trend, surgeons are opening their own specialty hospitals. The doctor-owners are steering patients to their facilities — and away from full-service hospitals that say they need those patients to cover their high costs. Hear NPR's Wade Goodwyn.