HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of healthcare market intelligence, reports that a hospital building boom, along with upgrades and expansion of medical service offerings, may resuscitate the Orange County healthcare market. According to the latest Orange County Market Overview, patients seeking advanced medical treatments in neighboring counties will begin to have new options from Orange County healthcare facilities.

"Orange County hospitals are in the midst of a multi-year construction boom that will ease their bed capacity problems and enhance the medical services they offer," states Margaret Dick, senior analyst for HealthLeaders- InterStudy and author of the report.

Aggressive hospital construction and renovation, and the addition and upgrading of lucrative medical service lines, signal that Orange County hospitals are serious about recapturing the patients who are seeking fancier and more advanced facilities in neighboring Los Angeles County.

The four local St. Joseph Health System acute-care hospitals continue to implement their individual multi-year master plans to renovate and expand facilities, add services, and improve technology, by adding several new patient towers, a new cancer center and a surgery center with 14 new operating rooms. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center is planning a 178,000-square-foot expansion to include an outpatient surgery center, a cancer center and an imaging lab. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has plans for construction of a neuroscience facility in late 2007 or early 2008.

One major player absent from the hospital upgrades and renovation is Tenet Healthcare, whose ongoing corporate challenges have distracted the company from making the necessary facility renovations and service upgrades to keep it competitive in its markets.

  Other news in the Orange County market:   -  CalOptima, the local MediCal plan, has promised to increase physician      reimbursement for the first time in more than 10 years.   -  Seven health plans - Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, CIGNA, Health Net,      PacifiCare and Western Health Advantage - are participating in the      statewide pay-for-performance initiative coordinated through the      Integrated Healthcare Association, using comparative performance data      as the basis for their incentive payments.    About Market Overviews 

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