Nov
13

Hospital Rankings Part Three…

This is the third in a series of posts concerning hospital rankings and comments on how we feel they could be more beneficial to patients while simultaneously reflecting a better view of reality. First, Do No Harm Without being overly nostalgic, we remember a time when the primary objective of medicine was to comfort, treat…
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Nov
12

US Hospital Ranking Wars: The Beat Goes On…

As mentioned in an earlier post, we will delve a little more deeply into the topic of Hospital Rankings and what purpose they serve, how they are created and whether they can be trusted. We start with an introduction produced by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), who produced a report on report…
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Nov
10

CMS Data Shows Huge Variability in Pricing by DRG

These interactive chart were created using the end of 2Q 2013 CMS Database.  The show the volume of procedures by category (DRG) and  State down to the hospital level. Moving through the tabs left to right, drill down on data by selecting state and other variables.   Learn About Tableau  

Oct
28

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

It is an unfortunate fact many of us will have to face; a time when supervised care of elderly parents and other relatives becomes necessary and a choice has to be made about where they should move to receive Long Term Care. As discussed in our Nursing Home Report Card page, while Assisted Living Facilities…
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Oct
21

US Healthcare Reform Will be Driven by Data

World Bank Health Statistics This is the interactive section; For the full analysis, go here Learn About Tableau

Aug
26

TJC Sentinel Event Statistics – is Katrina in there?

Sentinel Events  Definition of a Sentinel Event according to The Joint Commission (TJC): “A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof.  Serious injury specifically includes loss of limb or function.  The phrase, “or the risk thereof” includes any process variation for which a recurrence…
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