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Thursday, August 9, 2007

On the blogs: hospital infections, healthcare quality and cost

On Running a Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy weighs in on the state Public Health Council's recommendation that hospitals post some of their infection rates, as reported in this Globe story.

"When I proposed similar ideas back in February, I was characterized by some of my colleagues as attempting to create a marketing advantage for BIDMC and/or proffering bad information to the public," he writes. "I hope these recommendations by the PHC will lend credibility to the usefulness of this kind of disclosure and will help eliminate the feeling that we were guided by selfish motives."

On WBUR's CommonHealth, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby talks about overusing medical interventions, some of which are later found to be harmful, at the expense of promoting prevention and wellness.

"There remains widespread use of procedures, medications and other therapies before their benefits and risks are fully understood. As providers, payers and policymakers, we all contribute to this phenomenon," Bigby writes. "But, ultimately, everyday people bear the consequences: higher costs and lower quality in health and health care."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 12:27 PM
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