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American Agenda (Medicine: Hospital Care) #134556

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 01, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Government's annual list of death rates at hospitals treating Medicare patients reviewed.

(No location given: Tim Johnson) Impact of published death rate rankings on hospital care examined; case of New York state cited; various hospital scenes shown. [Heart patient Taylor WALKER - talks about selecting a hospital based on published rankings.] [Consumer advocate Blair HORNER - says patients should choose hospitals with lower mortality rates.] Rankings for Saint Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York City compared. [Hospital's heart surgeon Dr. Denis TYRAS - comments.] Issue of treatment of high-risk patients reviewed. [NYU Medical Center Dr. Frank SPENCER - comments.] [NYU Health Policy Research Jesse GREEN - criticizes bias of released hospital mortality data.] [Health Care Financing Administration economist Gail WILENSKY - responds.]

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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