A new AHRQ-funded study found that safety-net hospitals appeared to perform equally as well as other hospitals when evaluated according to medical and surgical mortality rates. The researchers analyzed 2006–2011 data from 1,891 urban, nonfederal, general acute hospitals in 31 states. Findings suggested that despite ongoing financial disadvantages faced by safety-net hospitals, the quality of care at these hospitals as measured by inpatient mortality was mostly comparable to that at other hospitals. Results also showed that mortality rates actually declined over time for all hospitals, according to the data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and other sources. “Measuring Mortality Performance: How Did Safety-Net Hospitals Compare with Other Hospitals?” appeared in the July issue of Medical Care. Access theabstract.
Med Care. 2016 Jul;54(7):648-56. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000540.