"Recent studies in Massachusetts and nationally suggest that cardiologists may be turning away more high-risk patients as an unintended consequence of public reporting, Resnic said. In a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology last month, Resnic and his coauthors reported that in 2005, the proportion of patients undergoing angioplasty in Massachusetts for cardiogenic shock - a life-threatening condition caused by poor heart function - dropped to 1.3 percent, from 2.3 percent in 2003, the year the state began publicly reporting angioplasty death rates. Since then, the rate has been level, he said."-Wes
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Could Hospital Rankings Hurt Patients?
There's now evidence hospital ranking schemes might adversely affect some patients: