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How do teaching hospitals compare with other hospitals?

The characteristics and performance of major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, and nonteaching hospitals were compared in this study conducted by the Center for Quality and Safety at Massachusetts General Hospital of data for about 4800 nonfederal acute care hospitals.  The data were derived from the Medicare Healthcare Cost Report Information System and the Hospital Compare database.  Among the many interesting side-by-side comparisons of the data for these three types of hospitals are 30-day readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia.  The researchers concluded that: “These findings should be considered in any health reform discussions because they demonstrate a value of teaching hospitals that may not be apparent to all stakeholders — relatively higher performance in many areas, with similar adjusted costs.”

Source: Shahian, D.M., and others.  Contemporary performance of U.S. teaching and nonteaching hospitals.  Academic Medicine;87(6):701-708, June 2012.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Abstract/2012/06000/Contemporary_Performance_of_U_S__Teaching_and.13.aspx  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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