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Companionship for Elderly in Escondido Questions Mandatory Reporting for Hospitals

In an effort to give the public more information about just what happens in hospitals, some areas of the country have instituted mandatory reporting rules. These rules require hospitals to release public reports detailing both successes and failures in different fields. There is controversy over mandatory reporting, with one detailed study illustrating just why.

Unintended Consequences

As professionals in companionship for elderly in Escondido, we read this week that investigators studied a group of Massachusetts hospitals to find out what effects mandatory reporting was having on them. They concentrated on issues related to one specific heart procedure, and their findings were troubling. The evidence suggests that, because the hospitals knew that negative outcomes would create bad press, they declined to accept many patients who could have benefited from the surgery.

Numbers Aren’t Everything

The basic numbers in the reporting system gave the hospitals in question better scores—that is, lower incidences of patient deaths as a result of receiving the heart procedure. But a closer look shows that those numbers probably improved simply because the hospitals changed their policies and began to refuse to treat high-risk patients. This is despite the fact that many of those hospitals are fully equipped and staffed to handle high risk situations with a good chance of success.

Hospitals and Companionship for Elderly in San Diego County

There are arguments on both sides of the mandatory reporting issue. But as companionship for elderly in San Diego County, we are concerned any time a reporting requirement appears to lead hospitals toward refusing high risk patients that need care, just to protect their own reputation. Transparency before the public is important, but if it is handled incorrectly it can adversely affect the abilities of these critical institutions to do their jobs well without fear of bad press.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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