This was a very impactful study of a large nationally representative cohort study of Medicare beneficiaries over 17 years in 1,824 hospitals in the US. It showed the benefits of being treated in high-performing hospitals for myocardial infarction in the short term and the long term.
To the authors and experts: given the findings in this study, what are the next steps to improving care for patients with myocardial infarction on a micro and macro scale? Earlier, Dr. Joynt mentioned changes to organizational structure and specific clinical strategies, Dr. Bucholz detailed broader approaches to improving hospital communication between healthcare professionals, Mrs. Linnander provided resources to interventional studies examining hospital culture, and Dr. Krumholz emphasized the implementation of best practices. Are there other realms outside the confines of a clinic that could help direct improvements for hospital performances on a macro scale, nationwide? What are some next steps for physicians, researchers, hospital administration, and policy makers moving forward?
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