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News and briefs: Teaching hospital leaders question 'patient safety data'

Residency Program Insider, February 14, 2012

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A number of leaders at major teaching hospitals are questioning the fairness and accuracy of data compiled by government officials to identify hospitals with patient safety issues, according to a recent boston.com article.

According to the article, the assessment of the data by Medicare officials will help determine Medicare pay to hospitals based on quality care. The goal of the data and its program is to create greater incentive to lower costs and raise the level of patient care.

Many institution leaders claim the statistics fail to account for the severity of the patients’ conditions. Of the 190 hospitals with “very high levels” of complications, 82 are identified as major teaching hospitals.

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