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  •  I don't make predictions, (0+ / 0-)

    but having worked at a medical school for 20 years, I believe patients will find better care at hospitals who are accredited by the Joint Commission, which has for decades helped hospitals with continuous quality improvement.

    Also, probably better if physicians are certified by the American Board of Medical Specialists, which for decades has tested post-graduates (aka residents  in clinical training after medical school) for what they call "Fund of knowledge." Medicare helps fund their training.

    Also, doctors who have a certificate on their walls saying they are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, denoting they graduated in the top 10 percent of their class.

    To my knowledge, these are not written into the ACA. Off the top of my head, though, there are some quality measures, e.g., re-admissions after a hospitalizations as a negative. Don't know if this affects payment.

    We patients must for our own protection become informed by such sites as mayoclinic.com, which has written for patients -- also for decades.

    All of these variables are important.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 07:51:44 PM PDT

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