HUMC data manipulated
In a recent op/ed article in a local paper touting a “miraculous turnaround” at Hoboken University Medical Center, CEO Harvey Holzberg cited a Harvard University study on patient care of Hispanics as evidence of the improved quality at the hospital now that it is under the HUMC banner. Why don’t you look at an actual copy of the survey?
Mr. Holzberg’s claim that HUMC ranked #2 in the nation in pneumonia care for Latinos is misleading.
The study was a review of Medicare data from 2004 – LONG BEFORE HUMC EXISTED. And the study titled “The Characteristics And Performance Of Hospitals That Care For Elderly Hispanic Americans” lists St. Mary Hospital as number two in the nation for THE TREATMENT OF PNEUMONIA IN ELDERLY HISPANICS only.
Nevertheless, Mr. Holzberg chose to claim that HUMC was #2 in the nation among 4,552 hospital for pneumonia care of all Latinos (In reality, only 3,669 hospitals were eligible for the survey).
The point is that if Mr. Holzberg and his hospital colleagues are willing to manipulate and misrepresent health care data, to what lengths are they willing to go to manipulate financial data?