Capsules: Hospitals Get Into Doctor Rating Business; Hospital Visits Fell When Seniors Got Drug Coverage

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports about hospitals and patient ratings: “After some doctors at University of Utah Health Care noticed scathing online reviews about themselves in 2012, the hospital system decided the best way to respond was by posting its patients’ ratings of physicians on the hospital’s own website. The hospital was already randomly surveying patients about their experiences with physicians” (Galewitz, 4/17). 

Also on Capsules, Jay Hancock reports on new research regarding Medicare Part D: “Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Johns Hopkins University have made the broadest test yet of Medicare Part D prescription drug program’s promise — that covering drugs would keep seniors out of the hospital. Comparing national records from before and after 2006, when Part D kicked in, they found that drug coverage was associated with an 8 percent drop in hospital admissions and nearly as much in hospital-cost savings — an amount they calculate to be $1.5 billion a year” (Hancock, 4/16). Check out what else is on the blog.

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