Ashish Jha Article in Harvard Business Review

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Health Care Providers Should Publish Physician Ratings

Excerpt: “Early efforts to publish performance data about doctors and hospitals usually required a strong external force, such as pressure from a state department of health. But that’s changing. Some leading health care systems are now publishing ratings of their physicians on their own websites, not just ceding that activity to consumer outlets. This development may seem small, but if the trend grows, it will drive improvements in the quality of care. To envision that potential transformation, you first have to understand some of the origins of physician and hospital ratings.”


“Beyond Boston, patients find specialized care closer to home”



Excerpt: “The old model for health care for people who didn’t live in cities was you went to the local community hospital and if things went bad, you went into the heart of the city to get your more complicated health care,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. “That model has changed. Now you can get a lot of the health care you want without having to drive into the city.”

Jha said the trade-off — convenience and comfort locally versus the expertise and experience of the city hospital — is disappearing as more Boston hospital staffers work at the suburban outposts.

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“Telemedicine Expands, Though Financial Prospects Still Uncertain”


Excerpt: “If telemedicine really saved money, payers would be falling over themselves paying for this stuff, right?” Jha points out. “Because it would actually benefit their bottom line.”

Telemedicine does seem to provide good access to quality medical care, he says. But even though it could save money, that’s not what’s happening.

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“How to Get Health Care Like the 1%”

via The Daily Beast
via The Daily Beast

Excerpt: “Despite all the focus on patient safety, it seems we have not made much progress at all,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard’s School of Public Health, and one of several experts who testified last summer at a congressional hearing titled, “More than 1,000 Preventable Deaths A Day is Too Many: The Need To Improve Patient Safety.”


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