Uninsured Rate Dips Below 10% Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00

What Happened 
In an 8.17.15 articleProMD reports:
The percentage of uninsured people in the U.S. dropped below 10% this year for the first time, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Wednesday.

The national uninsured rate decreased to 9.2% in the first three months of 2015 from 11.5% a year earlier as 7 million people gained insurance, according to the survey, conducted by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Why It Matters
Getting more Americans insured is an achievement and getting below 10% uninsured is an important milestone. That said gaining insurance doesn't necessarily lead to better health. It doesn't necessarily result in lower overall cost either. The accountable care paradigm needs to extend to the patient before we see truly healthier Americans and a bending of the cost curve.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:49
CNN report on Florida hospital leads to heart surgery program closure Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:00

According to Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent, in an 8-17-15 CNN post:

St. Mary's Medical Center in <Palm Beach County> Florida announced Monday that it would permanently close its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program, and two days later came the announcement that its CEO had resigned.

The moves comes in the wake of a yearlong CNN investigation, which found that from 2011 to 2013, the program had a 12.5% mortality rate for open heart surgeries, which is more than three times the national average.

At least nine babies died after having heart surgery at the hospital since the program started in 2011. A 10th baby was left paralyzed.

Meanwhile, the hospital disagrees with many of CNN's conclusions and blames the media outlet for triggering the cessation of the program. According to the hospital's website:

...This is the decision of the hospital and not based on a decision or recommendation by the State of Florida or any regulatory agency. The inaccurate media reports on our program have made it significantly more challenging to build sustainable volume in our program. At this time we feel it is best to focus on other services needed by our community...

...On June 1, 2015, CNN aired a televised broadcast and subsequently published several online articles by investigative reporter Elizabeth Cohen claiming that "the death rate for open heart surgeries [for congenital heart surgery patients at St. Mary's Medical Center] is 12.5%, more than three times the national average of 3.3% cited by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons." This claim, which has been repeated in numerous follow-up reports by CNN and republished by other local and national media outlets, is wrong. CNN reported an inaccurately calculated mortality rate based on an incorrect assumption of our program's volume. We understand that Ms. Cohen used volume information obtained from our annual Certificate of Need reports filed with the

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which included only a subset of the procedures performed by the program and reported to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). As a result, the mortality rate calculated by Ms. Cohen is exaggerated, and the comparison between that exaggerated mortality rate and the national average mortality rate as calculated and reported by the STS is completely erroneous.

Read the CNN article HERE.

Read the St. Mary's Press Release HERE.

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