July 03, 2013
Failing Upwards

Read it all, of course, but heres your thought for the day:

If you go into the hospital for heart surgery and you end up getting a central-line infection, youd hope that the hospital would be penalized for it. The opposite, in fact, is true. According to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgical complications increase the margin the hospital makes on the patient by 330 percent for the privately insured and 190 percent for Medicare patients.

This, too, is a legacy of a health system built for acute care. Hospitals make money when they do more to patients. They lose money when their beds are empty. Put simply, Health Quality Partners makes hospitals lose money. Theres no doubt that its a hit to the bottom line, says Rich Reif, the former CEO of Doylestown Hospital, which worked with HQP



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 03, 2013 06:17 PM
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Tenet Health Care got nailed for it. There was one story of a guy in a minor car accident in front of the hospital. A nurse getting off duty whispered to him not to get checked out there. He would have gotten a quadruple bypass but for the fact that he took her advice.

Posted by: noseyparkerunit on July 3, 2013 9:35 PM
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