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How Safety-Net Hospital Closings Affect PCPs
Health Leaders Media

Closing a safety net hospital kicks up a significant ripple effect for primary care physicians and underscores the need to involve those providers in the planning and aftermath of such a disruptive process, a study has found.

The study — Effect of Closure of a Local Safety-Net Hospital on Primary Care Physicians’ Perceptions of Their Role in Patient Care– appears in Annals of Family Medicine. It examines the August 2007 closure of the 450-bed Martin Luther King Hospital in South Los Angeles, and interviews 42 primary care physicians who were affected.