Report: Patients will have to know more to have better outcomes

Ellis-Patient-SafetyHealthgrades has released its 2014 Hospital Quality Outcomes report and included predictions for 2014.  The report notes that hospitals still differ widely on patient outcomes even for the same procedure.  Until hospitals have to meet a minimum standard of care anywhere, they will have to work to improve quality and reduce costs somehow.  Meanwhile, with no guarantee of a standard, patients will have to be make wiser decisions before they elect to enter a hospital.  Patients have a right to know how their local hospitals are doing, but that information can be difficult to find.  While patients agree on this almost unanimously, most patients choose a hospital over its location (58%) or the amount of the co-pay (45%) rather than the past success of patient outcomes (30%).

 

Get report here: Healthgrades 2014 American Hospital Report

 

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Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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