Wednesday, October 24, 2012

California Scores High In Quality Of Hospitals!

It's always a good thing to know that our hospitals are good ones! And ... it looks like California is doing well in that category!  Given the costs of healthcare, it's especially good to know that we have the best care in our local access.   
Get the details in this article just reported in the California Healthline as written by  Lloyd in USA Today:

Report Finds California Among States With Best Hospitals
California is among the states that scored highest for hospital care related to conditions and treatments commonly linked to mortality, according to a report released by Healthgrades, USA Today reports.
Details of the Report

The report ranked states and individual hospitals based on data released by CMS between 2005 and 2011.
Researchers examined data on 4,500 hospitals nationwide, focusing on four key conditions and procedures commonly linked to mortality:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft;
  • Heart attack;
  • Pneumonia; and
  • Sepsis.

The four conditions and procedures account for 54% of all hospital-related deaths in the U.S.
Main Findings

According to the report, states with hospitals that provided the best care for those conditions and procedures were:
Illinois; and
States and areas with hospitals that provided the worst care related to those conditions and procedures were:

Washington, D.C.; and
West Virginia.

According to the report, patients had a 55% lower risk of dying and a 42% lower risk of having complications when treated in the best hospitals.
Evan Marks -- a lead author of the study -- said that the differences in hospital quality in various states are "substantial."

Researchers also found that the quality of care can vary widely among hospitals within a single state.Nancy Foster -- vice president of quality and patient safety policy for the American Hospital Association -- said that individuals also need to know how factors not accounted for in the study affect health outcomes.She said, "People come to [hospitals] ... far sicker if they're from a low income area," adding, "They might have multiple complications" and "might struggle to find healthy food" or "a safe place to exercise." She said, "All are important components of good health outcomes" (Lloyd, USA Today, 10/23).

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