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Hospitals Offer Better Food As Patient Satisfaction Becomes More Important Under Federal Health Law – Kaiser Health News

Administrators say the focus on food has taken on extra importance since Medicare last year began paying them based partly on their patient satisfaction scores, a change that is part of the federal health care law known as Obamacare.

“Food service helps the overall experience,” said Jim McGrody, director of food and nutrition at Rex, as he inspected his kitchen cold room used for brining pickles, curing turkey pastrami and fermenting cabbage into sauerkraut. Several letters of praise from former patients hang in the kitchen.

— Good healthcare, not good food, should be the focus, but sloppy unappetizing food preparation doesn’t say much about the quality of the facility’s healthcare.

See on www.kaiserhealthnews.org

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