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Bug #173 closed:off topic

NY Times misrepresents Dartmouth health-care study?

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This bug appeared in a news report published by New York Times on Feb 24, 2010 by Gardiner Harris. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Error of Omission

Harris's 2/17 piece "Report Cited by Obama on Hospitals is Criticized" suggests that the Dartmouth Health Atlas may be flawed in suggesting that there is no correlation between hospital costs and patient outcome. The author of the study responded in a 2/22 letter to the editor saying that the article inaccurately quotes him for suggesting "that hospital-level cost measures weren’t reliable." But the article doesn't say that at all!

The exchange is completely confusing! I would like to hear from the reporter or editor to understand better what the complaint was and whether it was justified. 

Supporting Information:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/health/policy/18dartmouth.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/opinion/l23health.html

Response

Chet Phillips has not contacted New York Times

Bug History

Feb 23, 2010 9:45 am Open Anonymous
Feb 23, 2010 12:31 pm Open: Under Discussion Scott Rosenberg
Feb 23, 2010 12:31 pm Closed: Off Topic Scott Rosenberg
Feb 23, 2010 7:15 pm Open admin
Feb 23, 2010 7:15 pm Closed: Off Topic admin
Feb 24, 2010 7:49 am Open admin
Feb 24, 2010 7:57 am Closed: Off Topic admin

Discussion Leave a comment

This *is* interesting -- but unfortunately we have to mark it "off topic" because it doesn't pertain to our Bay Area regional focus. Sorry!

Feb 23, 2010 12:31 pm