Gov’t List Ranks Hospitals by Patient Safety

How does ‘the list’ factor into the patient’s hospital selection process? Too early to tell. The ranking process seems a bit sketchy, and Chicago medical centers are pushing back. Judith Graham in the Los Angeles Times: 

For patients, the information provides an opportunity to have a conversation about “what your local hospital is doing to improve their practices,” said Patricia Merryweather, a senior vice president of the Illinois Hospital Association. But she cautioned that “since this is the first release of this information, there’s some noise in the data and some hospitals may have had problems accurately reporting.”
http://www.latimes.com/health/ct-met-hospital-errors-20110410,0,6711139.story

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