Let’s set the record straight on quality at rural hospitals
As stated in the recent Vital Signs blog post “Invest in new hospitals? Really?” (ModernHealthcare.com, Sept. 27), “We already have too many small hospitals with low volume, poor outcomes and ‘hobbyist’ surgeons who do a handful of procedures per year,” said Jon Skinner, a professor of economics at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. “One thing we know is that low volume is bad for patients.”
With all due respect, that comment is both offensive and wrong. I would steer you to a May 2016 JAMA article, “Association of hospital critical access status with surgical outcomes and expenditures among Medicare beneficiaries,” as well as recent data from the CMS. You want to talk about rural quality and access? Give me a call.
National Rural Health Association