Report: "Worst" hospitals treat more poor, elderly

10/6/2011 | USA Today

U.S. hospitals deemed the worst due to low quality and high costs have higher mortality rates for heart attacks and pneumonia and see twice the proportion of elderly black and poor patients compared with the best hospitals, Harvard School of Public Health researchers reported in the journal Health Affairs. The report said the worst hospitals also could be at financial risk because of provisions in the health reform law that will base payments partly on quality of care.

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