Anal­y­sis of safety net hos­pi­tals of­fers data to help ad­dress vari­abil­ity

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “Safety net hospi­tal per­for­mance varies widely, anal­y­sis shows” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Jan. 19), this study demon­strates that there is vari­abil­ity among safety net hos­pi­tals, with room for im­prove­ment among the group. This is no sur­prise and presents help­ful data to sup­port the search for op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove, be ef­fi­cient and learn from one an­other. But the study doesn’t ad­dress the fact that these hos­pi­tals are still at a dis­ad­van­tage when car­ing for their pop­u­la­tion base. Dr. Don­ald Jansen Pitts­burgh

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