Meridian Star

July 5, 2013

Pickering to study viability of hospitals

The Associated Press
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The office of State Auditor Stacey Pickering will be studying which community-owned hospitals in Mississippi are facing economic difficulties and why.

Pickering says he is concerned that some accessibility to health care will be lost if those hospitals can't remain viable.

Pickering spoke earlier this week to a forum hosted by Mississippi State University's Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/10DxyoR ) that Pickering hopes to have the report finished by early next year.

Several community-owned hospitals have been sold in Mississippi or turned over to managing companies.

Pickering says other issues are the changing economics in health care and how the governments that own the hospitals should determine when the health care facilities should be sold.