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Most Community and Migrant Health Center Physicians Have Hospital Privileges

HRD-92-98: Published: Jul 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1992.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO determined whether community and migrant health center (CMHC) physicians are able to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals.

GAO found that: (1) 82 percent of CMHC physicians have hospital admitting privileges at area hospitals; (2) many physicians have not applied for hospital admitting privileges because they prefer not to have an inpatient practice, they do not meet their local hospital's professional criteria, or the hospital is too far away to allow for effective patient coverage; and (3) the lack of physician admitting privileges at local hospitals does not prevent CMHC patients from gaining access to inpatient care.