Hospital Leader Says OSHPD Hindering Economic Revival
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, "the single most important agency in guaranteeing hospitals in California are built," is "stymieing" hospital projects in the state, Jim Lott -- executive vice president of the Hospital Association of Southern California -- writes in a Payers & Providers opinion piece. Lott writes that OSHPD "takes an average of 15 months" to review hospital construction plans andÂ that its review process "is holding back hospital construction projects worth an estimated $23 billion." Lott concludes, "These projects would generate about 232,000 jobs, pay $15.6 billion in wages and generate nearly $2 billion in state and local tax revenue."
- "Is OSHPD an Obstacle to Growth?" (Lott, Payers & Providers, 1/20).