Report shows lower quality of care at hospitals in low-income neighborhoods

According to a recent report published by the Economic Alliance for Michigan, hospitals situated in neighborhoods with predominantly lower income residents tend to score lower in quality and patient safety assessments when compared to hospitals in higher-income neighborhoods.

The report was based on Medicare’s Star Ratings program, which provides an overall rating of the Medicare plan’s quality and performance for each type of service offered. According to Medicare.gov, the rating measures performance in five different categories: screening tests and vaccines; management of chronic conditions; member ratings of the health plan; member complaints and changes in the performance of the plan over time; and how well the plan handles customer service. Plans covering drug services have separate criteria for the rating purposes. 

The star rating system is important because hospitals which consistently have lower quality ratings can end up losing federal funding for Medicare, which could leave patients in low-income neighborhoods with diminished access to medical care. The report did recommend additional study on the question of whether there are other factors that may impact the hospital ratings, such readmission rates, staffing ratios, and patient payer mix.

Certainly, the quality of care rating of a hospital is an indication that patients who receive care at the hospital are more at risk for medical errors. Not all medical errors, of course, have a significant or long-term affect on patients, but some do. Patients who have become the victim of a serious medical error should always work with an experienced attorney to determine their options for seeking compensation and to ensure their rights are protected. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Free Consultations | No Fee Unless We Win

Email us or call us at 866-585-1076 to discuss your medical malpractice case. There is no cost, no obligation and never a fee unless we are successful. You have nothing to lose by learning your rights and options today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Request a Free Consult

Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold Street, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48226

Toll Free: 866-585-1076
Phone: 313-447-0634
Fax: 313-961-5985
Detroit Office Map

Ohio Office
315 East Main Street
Suite A
Ottawa, OH 45875

Phone: 269-220-3379
Ohio Office Map