Topic: hospitals

Federal payment changes may harm hospitals serving poor

Hospitals that treat mostly poor and uninsured patients generally perform slightly worse than others when patients rate their hospital experiences, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The lower patient ratings could negatively impact these so-called safety-net…

Hospitals now receiving letter grades for patient safety

Hospitals across the nation are now receiving letter grades—A, B, C, D, or F—for patient safety. The new initiative comes from The Leapfrog Group, a health quality nonprofit, which drew on expertise from a blue ribbon panel including several Harvard School of…

New patient-centered vision emerging in U.S. primary care

“Primary care may just be the most exciting place to be in medicine in the near future,” HSPH Professor John McDonough writes in his latest Health Stew blog post, published September 12, 2012 on Boston.com. New models for structuring care that are…

Surgical checklist improves quality of care and reduces costs

Last year, Atul Gawande, an associate professor at HSPH and a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and colleagues demonstrated that when surgical teams use a simple checklist, avoidable complications plummet and lives are saved. In a new study, Gawande and colleagues…

With no insurance, ‘permanent’ patients linger in hospitals

Many thousands of patients in the U.S. who lack health insurance but who need long-term care wind up lingering in hospitals for many weeks, months, or even years because the current health care system doesn’t offer workable solutions for them. Speaking with…