July 28, 2016

Mortality rates similar for safety-net, other hospitals

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

In a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), safety-net hospitals performed equally as well as other hospitals when evaluated according to medical-surgical mortality rates.

Analyzing data from 1,891 hospitals in 31 states, researchers found that despite ongoing financial disadvantages, the quality of care at safety-net hospitals as measured by inpatient mortality was mostly comparable to other hospitals. Results also showed that mortality rates declined from 2006 to 2011 for all hospitals.


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Policymakers should monitor the quality of care at safety-net hospitals and ensure that it doesn’t decline under the value-based purchasing program, the authors say.

 

Background: Safety-net hospitals (SNHs) tend to be weaker in financial condition than other hospitals, leading to a concern about how the quality of care at these hospitals would compare to other hospitals. Objectives: To assess mortality performance of SNHs using all-payer databases and measures for a broad range of conditions and procedures.

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