HealthLeaders Media QualityLeaders - April 3, 2008 | No Better Time for Transparency
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No Better Time for Transparency
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
The quality and patient satisfaction ratings of local hospitals were all over the pages of newspapers earlier this week, after CMS released the long-awaited results of its Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. The story made the New York Times and other high profile news outlets, spurring consumer interest in how their local hospitals fared in the survey. For consumers, it's new, it's fresh, and they're interested. [Read More]
April 3, 2008
Editors Picks

AHRQ releases State Snapshots
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released its annual report that gives a state-by-state briefing on healthcare in the United States. States are rated by the types of care offered, the care settings and clinical areas. The report also shows how each state is progressing in meeting the Healthy People 2010 initiatives. [Read More]

Is your hospital one of 'Choice'?
The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers has released its list of winners in the annual Hospital of Choice Awards. The honor recognizes America's most "consumer-friendly" hospitals. Is your hospital on the list? [Read More]

Study finds many patients dissatisfied with hospitals
HCAHPS is indeed the topic of the week, so I'd be remiss if I didn't include at least one story about the release of data here. This one's from The New York Times. Something to note: As of press time, there were 211 comments posted to this story online. To me, that indicates that there was high interest in this story when it was released in Saturday's edition. [Read More]

Patient satisfaction best determinant of quality care, study says
A recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and Harris Interactive shows that most adults favor the use of patient satisfaction surveys to determine the quality of healthcare over all other quality measures. Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed said they would be interested in using Web-based consumer rating tools. [Read More]

This Weeks Headlines

Insurance firm's surveys ask patients to rate practitioners
Salt Lake Tribune - April 3, 2008

Patient-safety information bill criticized
Des Moines Register - April 3, 2008

U.S. health chief offers Rx for hospital cost cuts
Boston Herald - April 3, 2008

RI senate panel OKs hospital infections bill
Providence Journal - April 3, 2008

Report clears California hospital in infection outbreak
Fresno Bee - April 3, 2008

California hospital uses telemedicine to fight infection
Sonoma Index-Tribune - April 3, 2008

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