Leveraged Buyouts of Hospitals: Impacts on Quality and Costs
Sean Huang, Georgetown University
This study will use 10 years of discharge records and financial reports for Florida hospitals to investigate whether a leveraged buyout (LBO) of a national hospital chain with a large number of hospitals in Florida affected the quality and costs of those Florida hospitals, the types of patients they treated, or their coding and billing practices. The work will also investigate whether there were spillover effects for non-LBO hospitals in the same service areas. Findings can help to inform decisions about regulatory oversight of LBOs in health care.