HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care industry intelligence, announces the availability of its first analysis of the New Orleans healthcare market post Katrina. The Market Overview of New Orleans provides a comprehensive examination of the market immediately prior to the hurricane as well as an in- depth, detailed look at how local and regional healthcare systems are responding in the aftermath. The findings are grim: hundreds of physicians have moved to other cities and many are having trouble getting paid for the care they provide; health insurers, having absorbed losses, are now facing the prospect of substantially decreased membership; and, of the 26 hospitals in the New Orleans area, 12 have been evacuated and nine closed indefinitely.

"In healthcare, planning for the future is difficult enough even in the best and most stable of times," said Patrick Powers, HealthLeaders-InterStudy senior analyst. "But, given that New Orleans faced special healthcare challenges before the natural disasters, going forward, planning and paying for healthcare in New Orleans will be an unprecedented challenge for healthcare decision makers. The biggest challenge hospitals face is just figuring out what the population will be and what their mix of payors will be -- whether Medicare-eligible residents will return, for instance, or whether more people will go on the Medicaid rolls."

The healthcare market in New Orleans will definitely be different in the future. It will likely have smaller hospitals and more outpatient care, and may permanently lose some specialty care to cities like Baton Rouge.

About the Market Overview of New Orleans

HealthLeaders-InterStudy's Market Overviews analyze metro healthcare markets in detail. Its post-Katrina Market Overview of New Orleans analyzes every hospital system, every significant healthcare provider group, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, employers, and legislative activity. The analyses are based on extensive interviews with over 30 healthcare leaders in the New Orleans area, and a detailed examination of the numbers. In addition to New Orleans, the report examines the effects on the healthcare markets of Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houston, Tex.

   Alex Jablokow    Decision Resources    781-296-2562 

SOURCE: HealthLeaders-InterStudy

CONTACT: Alex Jablokow of Decision Resources, +1-781-296-2562,

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