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Drawing Lessons from Philadelphia's Large-Scale Ob Unit Closures
A study lead by Scott A. Lorch, published in the December issue of Health Affairs, interviewed twenty-three key informants from eleven hospitals finding there to be a sharp surge in patient volume in the remaining units in Philadelphia, where 13 out of 19 obstetric units closed in a 15-year period. This strained the healthcare system, eroded workforce morale, and fragmented care for mothers and babies until hospitals adjusted to added demands. These findings were presented on 12/8/14 at a forum focused on children's health sponsored by Health Affairs at the National Press Club in Washington.
Nearly 1 in 25 U.S. Babies Are Born too Soon
A study in which Scott A. Lorch collaborated with Katy B. Kozhimannil, Ph.D., MPA of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, published in the July issue of Medical Care, found that 1 in 25 U.S. babies are born earlier than medically justified, increasing the chance of respiratory disease or for ventilation.
Grading Hospitals on Quality Using a Fair Exam
Presentation Factors More Important than Treatment Factors in Race Disparity in Breast Cancer
Higher Death Rates Among Poor Children Admitted to Neonatal Units
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Impact of Closure of Obstetrical Units in Philadelphia
High-level Neonatal Intensive Care Units Better for Premature Infants
Jeffrey Silber and Robert Kaestner Win Article of the Year Award at AcademyHealth's 2011 Annual Research Meeting
Aggressive Treatment of Surgical Patients May be Cost-Effective
Waste in Health Care
Racial Disparities in Surgical Outcomes
Looking at Medicare data between 2000-2005, Jeffrey H. Silber and colleagues found evidence for a survival advantage among white patients who underwent surgery at teaching hospitals, but no advantage among black surgical patients. Study results were published in the February 2009 issue of the journal Archives of Surgery.