Gov. Malloy orders review of hospitals and medical service providers
In an effort to increase transparency and efficiency in hospitals, Gov. Malloy on Thursday issued an executive order that will begin an extensive review of Connecticut's laws and regulations surrounding processes on the establishment, termination, transfer, acquisition and expansion of hospitals and medical service providers.
"As governor, he is well within his rights to do this," said Angela Mattie, professor and chair of health care management and organizational leadership in the School of Business. "But as part of this executive order, he is limiting some certificate of need proposals from moving forward until Jan. 15, 2017. The governor, through this executive order, is demonstrating that he doesn't clearly understand the realities of the health care delivery system. Hospital consolidation is a reality of the marketplace, not just in Connecticut, but nationwide. By issuing this executive order, Gov. Malloy has increased regulatory scrutiny and is potentially dissuading efficient ways of doing business that maximize economies of scale and produce the best value. This does not benefit the citizens of Connecticut. To put a moratorium on these certificate of need proposals will impede a significant amount of work by several hospitals to better serve the citizens of Connecticut."
To speak to Mattie, who serves on the board of trustees at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.