Los Angeles County Scenario III Study

Brief Description
Funded by the Hospital Association of Southern California, the California HealthCare Foundation and The California Endowment, this study assessed the impact of implementing Scenario III of the 2002 Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services’ Restructuring Recommendations. Overall, it showed that implementing such changes would have little impact on hospitals throughout the County although the situation will worsen for DHS hospitals that, pre-Scenario III, were operating at maximum capacity virtually all the time. It also showed that physicians would have more difficulty finding hospitals beds for patients they want to admit immediately, for psychiatric patients, and for patients needing rehabilitation services. Patients without health insurance coverage will bear the brunt of these changes.