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Public Reporting of Hospital Outcomes: A Challenging Road Ahead

Recently passed health reform legislation in Australia encourages public reporting of patient outcomes following hospitalization. In an article in the Medical Journal of Australia, former Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow Martin Gallagher reviews several of the challenges of reporting health outcomes, including the potential for inappropriate classification of outcomes; the risk of inaccuracy, particularly for small hospitals; and concerns over unduly raising public fears about quality of care.

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