Non-Teaching Hospitals Near Academic Medical Centers Have Better Health Outcomes

February 2, 2023

A recently published paper in JAMA Network Open found that non-teaching hospitals with academic medical centers (AMCs) in the surrounding area have better patient health outcomes than non-teaching hospitals with no nearby AMCs. The study looked at data covering 22 million hospitalizations of older patients with Medicare who got care at hospitals from 2015-2017 in the US.

According to Jacqueline Mitchell, “Patients hospitalized at non-AMCs had lower 30- and 90-day mortality and more healthy days at home at 30 and 90 days when they received care in markets with greater AMC presence. By contrast the team found no relationship between market-level AMC presence and outcomes for patients treated at the AMC themselves; that is, the presence of more AMCs in a given market did not impact outcomes for patients of AMCs.”

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(Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, February 1st, 2023)

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