Press Release: Brain Tumor Patient Insurance Status Linked to Differences in Safety and Quality

Findings Explained by Differences in Patient and Hospital Characteristics, Says Study in Neurosurgery

February 27, 2015 – Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured have higher rates of reportable patient safety and quality of care issues during hospitalization for brain tumors, reports a study in the March issue of Neurosurgeryofficial journal of the Congress of Neurological SurgeonsThe journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Not having private insurance is associated with higher rates of patient safety issues (PSIs) and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs)—leading to longer hospital stays and worse patient outcomes, according to the study by Dr. Kristopher G. Hooten and colleagues of University of Florida, Gainesville. Especially with reporting of these quality metrics under health care reform, the authors call for efforts to address disparities in quality of care for vulnerable patient populations.

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Click here to read “Insurance Status Influences the Rates of Reportable Quality Metrics in Brain Tumor Patients: A Nationwide Inpatient Sample Study,” from the March issue of Neurosurgery.