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News spotlight: Study locates top facilities for specialty care

Nurse Leader Insider, April 6, 2009

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The quest for specialized healthcare can take patients hundreds of thousands of miles away from home. A new study provides a roadmap to help patients make sure the trip will be worthwhile.

Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit research organization, surveyed about 340,000 physicians nationwide for their recommendations for topnotch healthcare facilities outside of their communities, based on specialty. The results are published online in the May/June issue of AARP The Magazine, which features an interactive map allowing patients to locate the highest-ranking facilities in geographic areas nearest them. Researchers collected data from the physician surveys along with patient surveys, and also measured the facilities’ death rates and adverse outcome rates to create the map.

Surveyed physicians said they were “most likely to send patients with extremely difficult cases” to Cleveland (OH) Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Children’s Hospital Boston for medical care specializing in heart conditions. They listed The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for specialized cancer care.

Source: Healthcare Finance News



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