NY hemorrhaging health-care bucks: study
By CARL CAMPANILE, NY Post
New York wastes hundreds of millions a year on unnecessary hospital care -- ranking it lowest among all US states, a new study has found.
The Commonwealth Fund Commission ranked New York next to last for failing to rein in "avoidable hospital use and costs" on its 2009 health-care report card. Only Louisiana fared worse.
The study compares how Medicare patients receive health care across the country.
In New York, elderly and chronically ill patients spent far more time in the hospital, and were readmitted more frequently, the report found.
Nearly four in 10 New York home-health patients were admitted to a hospital. The average national rate was 29 percent.
New York also ranked poorly for treating patients with manageable conditions.
About 7 percent of New Yorkers were treated in hospitals for such ambulatory care, compared to the national average of 6 percent.