Health report shows difference in care for Medicare patients


POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 1:04pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:02pm released a new report Tuesday, rating the quality of health care across the nation. Hospitals are rated based on patient outcomes over the last three years and given one to five stars in each medical specialty, with five being the highest.

Baton Rouge hospitals earned an average of two stars. None received the top rating of five stars.

In Lafayette, hospitals received one and a half stars. New Orleans earned two and a half stars and Houston, Texas hospitals earned just over four stars. also found that 240,040 Medicare patients in America died in lesser ranked hospitals over three years. The report says those lives could have been saved with five star care.

St. Amant mother Stacy Crause is frustrated with the lack of access to quality care for her family, who relies on Medicare and Medicaid for healthcare.  "I have an eight year old daughter who has brain seizures and they don't know why, says Crause. “Because she's on Medicaid, they're telling me it's going to be April or May before they can get her into a doctor."

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