When quality matters to boards, hospitals do better

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

In Health Affairs, Ashish K. Jha and Arnold M. Epstein have released a study in which they found a link between hospital boards that focused on quality of care and hospital quality ratings. They also found that quality isn’t a top priority for most hospital boards. The researchers hope their findings will help those who want to improve hospital quality by demonstrating just how much influence a hospital board can have.

Jha and Epstein surveyed 1,000 board chairs from a wide sample of not-for-profit acute-care hospitals in the United States. For quality ratings, they relied on the Hospital Quality Alliance.

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AHCJ President Charles Ornstein, whose hospital quality coverage has earned national recognition, recently updated his comprehensive “Road map for covering your local hospital’s quality” tip sheet.

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