Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hospitals' Approach to Quality Care

Kaiser Health News recently reported that the Joint Commission has released their annual report announcing which hospitals have excelled at meeting basic requirements for treating common illnesses.  The report recognizes the accomplishments of 620 hospitals, with 18% of them listed as "top performers," having followed recommended protocols at least 95% of the time.

This announcement comes at the same time that USA Today has published an interview with
Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Makaray has recently written a new book, Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care, in which he suggests that hospitals aren't forthcoming about medical errors, readmission rates and other quality issues.

What do you think about these two sides of the quality discussion?  Comment below.

Click here to read the story about the Joint Commission's announcement.
Click here to read the interview with Dr. Makaray.

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