Surgical Survival Predictors May Be Next Big Quality Metric

What's next for value-based purchasing metrics, hospital transparency, and quality scoring? A healthcare performance coalition suggests hospitals and health systems may be rushing to improve predictors of death during hospitalization.

2 comments on "Surgical Survival Predictors May Be Next Big Quality Metric"
John Rosenstock (5/24/2011 at 9:32 AM)

I would include gastric bypass surgery in the list as the mortaility rates can be very high at some hospitals.
Catherine Smith (5/20/2011 at 4:17 PM)

Healthcare transparency is a good idea in an ideal world. I am grateful to be able to look at publicly reported data and be able to determine what facility has the better outcomes, morbidity, and mortality rates in order to promote positive patient outcomes and consumer choice.However, the idea that the consumer actually has the ability to choose a top 10 percentile hospital is not reality. The reality is...the insurance carrier dictates what provider you choose. If the top 10 percentile facility is not in the insurance network then there is no choice. Unless a person is indigent, on Medicare, or independently wealthy.


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