Topic: hospitals

Financial well-being and health

October 6, 2014 -- A new study by HSPH’s Reginald Tucker-Seeley and colleagues found that the depletion of a family’s financial resources was a significant predictor of intensive end-of-life care. In particular, their study found that families facing financial hardship were three…

Digging for research gold in electronic medical records

September 25, 2014 — For scientists who study rare diseases, hospitals’ vast data banks hold tantalizing potential. Access to anonymized electronic medical records allows researchers to track the progress of a larger group of patients than would be possible in a traditional…

Quality missing from global health agenda

August 7, 2014 -- Today more people than ever have health insurance. In the U.S., millions have signed up for coverage since the 2008 passage of the Affordable Care Act. Globally, there’s a high level of interest in establishing universal health coverage…

Developing better ways to measure hospital safety

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals with high rates of adverse events among patients—such as hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, or surgical mishaps—are now subject to penalty from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the new rules, large,…

Restoring trust at the VA

In the wake of revelations about veterans’ long wait times for hospital and clinic medical appointments, compounded by a cover-up, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system should rethink aspects of its management and sharpen its focus on providing quality, timely care,…

Integrating health care providers with communities

May 23, 2014 -- Zachary Gerson-Nieder spends a lot of time thinking about the role hospitals can play in communities. Of course they provide health care—but they also serve as regional economic anchors. Which makes him wonder: How much do hospital administrators,…

The provocative pragmatist

[ Spring 2014 ] With a mixture of research, persuasion, and social media moxie, Ashish Jha seeks to drive health care improvements Several years ago, Ashish Jha got the call that middle-aged children dread. His mother was on the phone from New Jersey. His…

Fixing a broken health care system

February 2014 -- Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health, shares his thoughts on what he refers to as "probably the most dangerous place in the world for a human being—an American hospital. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/campaign/

For Medicare patients, being ‘under observation’ can be costly

Medicare patients can incur unexpected out-of-pocket medical bills if they are classified as “under observation” rather than “inpatient” at a hospital, according to Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). This is particularly true for those…