“We all want access to quality health care, especially as we enter our senior years. However, a recent Buffalo News article reported that Western New York is one of the worst-performing areas of the country when it comes to measures of health care quality established by Medicare, our nation’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older.
Under new rules, hospitals face penalties from Medicare for readmissions within 30 days of discharge. In addition, Medicare is penalizing or rewarding hospitals based on their performance on basic quality measures and patient satisfactions. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of Buffalo hospitals have been penalized and not enough rewarded compared to medical facilities in other parts of the country.”
Greg Slabodkin, The Buffalo News, 28 February 2013