Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

“There are a lot of nurses and staff mem­bers who do not have po­si­tions right now. And they don’t have op­tions avail­able to them.”

—Joseph Rahimian, an in­ternist at St. Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal Man­hat­tan, in the Wall Street Jour­nal on the ef­fects of St. Vin­cent’s

clos­ing along with bud­get cuts at other hos­pi­tals in New York. “There is ob­vi­ously a wide vari­ance in per­for­mance. These rat­ings are about to be­come much more im­por­tant. When you start link­ing qual­ity to pay­ment, you can bet the plans are go­ing to be very mo­ti­vated to bring the scores up.”

—Dan Men­del­son, pres­i­dent of Avalere Health, on his con­sul­tancy’s study show­ing 47% of those en­rolled in Medi­care Ad­van­tage plans are in plans that de­liver only medium to fair qual­ity.

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