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Role of Ratings and Growing Healthcare Consumerism Highlights Infection Rates

April 3, 2014

SMITH’s Research & Gradings continues to champion the use of healthcare outcomes and wellness measures to predict the long-term durability of healthcare credit quality.

SMITH’s attempted to use population surveys to identify institutions that consistently posted medical treatment errors and malpractice claims, but the information is no longer being made public.

However, Fitch Ratings report on the U.S. Public Finance Healthcare Sector underscored the growing importance of consumer choice in the hospital sector. The growing consumerism may be the impetus for change and greater transparency.

Hopefully, in the not too distant future, ratings (and SMITH’s Gradings) will help patients pick hospitals that provide the highest quality care at the most affordable price. What’s more, healthcare analysts will be able to disclose those institutions with “Doctors of Death”, and hospitals that actually infect patients with deadly diseases.

SMITH’s Research & Gradings continues to request the Federal government resume dissemination of the data related to patient outcomes by hospital, practices and procedures.