Academic medical centers were the healthcare providers hurt most by the Medicare spending restrictions imposed by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, according to the results of a survey released last week by Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, one of the country's prominent academic medical centers. The results are based on a survey of more than 250 practitioners, interest group leaders, employers, insurers and financial analysts, according to the survey.
The American Nurses Association released a study last week that said hospitalized patients have better health outcomes when they stay at hospitals that employ more nurses. The study, which looked at 1,500 hospitals in nine states, said that length of stay, urinary tract infections and postoperative infections decreased at hospitals with a staffing mix that included a higher percentage of registered nurses. The ANA funded the study, which was released at a two-day summit on hospital staffing in Washington.