Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Leigh Walton, co-chair of the firm's Healthcare Department, discusses the impact of the stalling of healthcare reform on hospital mergers and acquisitions and healthcare information technology for The Tennessean. The article by Getahn Ward, titled "Health-Care Reform Limbo Sets Stage for Wave of Hospital Mergers" appears in the February 19, 2010 edition.
From the article:
"Providers will continue to be pressed to operate their institutions at lower costs and more efficiently utilizing the best available health-care information technology," said Leigh Walton, an attorney and co-head of the healthcare group at Bass Berry & Sims law firm here. "Some of the smaller systems will not have access to the capital to, for example, implement strong health-care IT and... may suffer from basically the inability to run as efficiently as a large system."