“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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“UC San Diego, Scripps again top U.S News list”


MANDATORY CREDIT: San Diego Union-Tribune photo by John Gastaldo, 2015.
MANDATORY CREDIT: San Diego Union-Tribune photo by John Gastaldo, 2015.

Recently, U.S. News and World Report came out with its “Best Hospitals” evaluation and stirred up the conversation of finding the best hospital for you. In this article by the San Diego Tribune, Dr. Jha points out that while the “Best Hospitals” list is a useful tool, it should be tempered with other information and not the sole source behind a patient’s hospital selection.

“Finances of Tuality, Salem, Kaiser Permanente and Asante Networks Revealed”


Excerpt: Non-profit hospitals across the state have a mission to serve their community, but an analysis by The Lund Report revealed that many of their CEOs are doing quite well for themselves, too. Across the spectrum of Tuality, Salem , Kaiser Permanente and Asante networks, hospital CEOs were well rewarded for their work.

“FL Case Highlights Surgical Dangers”

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Excerpt: “We tend to shrug our shoulders and say this is just a natural part of doing health care,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a patient safety researcher and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who provided advice for ProPublica’s analysis. If a certain procedure has a 5 percent infection rate, doctors and hospitals consider it acceptable as long as they’re at that or below, Jha said.

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“Do No Harm” — Ashish Jha Interviewed by Vox


Excerpt: Jha’s attitude represents a sea change in American medicine. Fifteen years ago, doctors saw central line infections as a horrible but unavoidable side effect of modern medicine. Inserting a foreign object into a patient’s body just came with the risk of pathogens entering too, or so the thinking went. Patients contracted about half a million central line infections between 1990 and 2010.

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Source: Vox.com