HMO hospital quality varies by region. (Short Takes).A new study suggests that the quality of hospitals used by HMOs depends upon where members live. The study looked at the hospitals used for heart bypass surgery Bypass surgery
A surgical procedure that grafts blood vessels onto arteries to reroute the blood flow around blockages in the arteries (arteriosclerosis). It found that plan members in some areas of the country get good quality hospital care, while those in other areas may use poorer quality facilities. The researchers used expected-to-actual death rate ratios for heart bypass surgery as their measure for hospital quality.
Privately insured HMO HMO health maintenance organization.
A corporation that is financed by insurance premiums and has member physicians and professional staff who provide curative and preventive medicine within certain financial, patients in California California (kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and the Pacific Ocean (W). who underwent heart bypass surgery were more likely to be directed to hospitals with lower-man-expected death rates for the operation than were non-HMO patients. In Florida Florida, state, United States
Florida (flôr`ĭdə, flŏr`–), state in the extreme SE United States. A long, low peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean (E) and the Gulf of Mexico (W), Florida is bordered by Georgia and , however, HMO patients were no more likely to use the higher quality hospitals than were other patients.
The study, which was funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy Research, prompted the following comment by John Eisenberg Eisenberg can refer to:
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