“No matter what region of the U.S. you live in, we all want access to quality healthcare. We can all agree that it’s comforting when a local hospital receives high marks in a national ranking. However, I recently read a report in which my hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., was found to be one of the worst performing areas of the country when it comes to certain quality healthcare measures.
As we all know, hospitals now face penalties from Medicare for readmission of patients who return within 30 days of discharge. Medicare is also penalizing or rewarding hospitals based on their performance on basic quality measures and patient satisfaction surveys. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of Buffalo hospitals have been penalized and not enough rewarded using this criteria.”
Greg Slabodkin, FierceMobileHealthcare, 4 February 2013