This news piece, America’s Best Hospitals: The 2009-10 Honor Roll, originally got my attention because I hoped someone might be actually be paying attention to the things that make a real difference in our national debate about health care.
Unfortunately, it looks like more of the same.
This survey looks at things like technical capability – what kinds of specialty procedures these hospitals can perform, and their general reputation and then ranks them accordingly.
But where are we asking about the basics?
Which hospitals kill or injure the fewest of their patients? What is the rate of post-operative or other opportunistic infection? How about medication errors? These are the things that all hospitals should be “getting right” and yet the evidence is overwhelming that most don’t. Further, nobody seems to be paying attention to it except tort lawyers.
Tell me what makes a “good” hospital?