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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Why Bad Hospitals Stay Open

In the latest article in its "Evidence Gap" series, The New York Times examines why bad hospitals stay open, pointing to a lack of national oversight as a culprit:

Unlike some other nations, including France, the United States has no federal agency charged with hospital oversight. Instead, it relies on a patchwork of state health departments and a nonprofit group called the Joint Commission that sets basic quality standards for the nation. Hospitals are rarely closed or hit with significant financial penalties for hurting patients.


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