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RESOURCE: Small, rural hospitals lag on some quality measures

Although fewer people are dying shortly after treatment for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia at most U.S. hospitals than a decade ago, the same trend doesn’t apply to certain small, rural facilities, a new study suggests.

So-called critical access hospitals – which have no more than 25 beds and are typically miles from the nearest other hospital – are exempt from reporting those sort of quality and outcomes data to the government.

via Small, rural hospitals lag on some quality measures – chicagotribune.com.

Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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