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Best and Worst Hospitals for 30-Day Mortality



Conversations with leaders of some of the best and worst hospitals that appear on Medicare's latest HospitalCompare spreadsheet reveal what they know, and what they do are doing, to affect 30-day mortality rates.



1 comments on "Best and Worst Hospitals for 30-Day Mortality"
Ed Tucker (9/20/2011 at 11:07 AM)

I wonder if there is any correlation between the Medicare Wage Index and these outcomes? As you know, Medicare pays much less than the average DRG base rate in the southern states and much more than the base rate in the highly populated areas. This has been locked in since 1983 and has stifled the ability of hospitals in rural states to get staff pay up to the levels in the urban states. This disparity allows the urban areas to attract the best staff, so one would expect better outcomes. And, has Medicare compared the cost of care in these hospitals to the cost of care in the less performing hospitals? It would seem without both sides of the equation - cost and quality - this information, while good, is incomplete.