California singles out docs with higher patient death rates: Kaiser Health News

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California singles out docs with higher patient death rates: Kaiser Health News

“Michael Koumjian, a heart surgeon for nearly three decades, said he considered treating the sickest patients a badge of honor. The San Diego doctor was frequently called upon to operate on those who had multiple illnesses or who’d undergone CPR before arriving at the hospital,” Anna Gorman wrote recently for Kaiser Health News. “Recently, however, […]

Ranking the quality rankings: Advisory Board podcast debate

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Ranking the quality rankings: Advisory Board podcast debate

Summary: We’re always interested when quality rankings make news. There’s been a burst of activity on this front lately, and — as if on cue — here’s a “Weekly Briefing” podcast on the topic from The Advisory Board. “This week, Dan Diamond, Rivka Friedman, and Rob Lazerow debate whether ‘Best Hospital’ rankings and physician scorecards […]

Quality rankings in New York State: Hospital-acquired infections, 2013

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Quality rankings in New York State: Hospital-acquired infections, 2013

Summary: Quality rankings are hard to find in health care. Here’s a good resource for New York State, documenting infection rates for various procedures in 2013, hospital by hospital — though it’s hardly user-friendly: “Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) result in prolonged hospital stays, unnecessary deaths, increased antimicrobial resistance, greater healthcare costs, and added emotional and personal […]