Transparency in hospitals: health department releases average costs

Despite the opposition of hospitals, the New Yorktransparency in hospitals state health department has released the average cost of procedures at various hospitals throughout the state, as reported in the New York Times.

The results showed that some hospitals profited a few hundred dollars for a procedure while others made hundreds of thousands dollars.

At one hospital, a knee procedure cost some patients $33,000 and other pateints more than $110,000.   The Governor’s office in New York released the data to provide more transparency to consumers before they ever enter the hospital.

Patients and their families have the right to know hospital data including cost, quality of patient care, and staffing standards of care at every hospital if they’re going to make the best decision where to receive the best care.

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arlene townsend staffing award

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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