Drawing from the CRICO-funded study that found institutional partnerships and transactions might put patients at a higher risk for harm in the short term, the researchers discussed in the STAT article that “hospitals can improve patient safety during mergers and affiliations, but they must make intentional efforts to ensure patients receive the best care in a deal’s aftermath.”
Citation for the Full-text Article
Knowles M. Viewpoint: Why hospital mergers raise patient safety problems. Becker’s Hospital Review. July 31, 2018.
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