Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director

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Research: Higher U.S. Physician Spending Doesn’t Lead to Better Patien

Posted by @DanHinmon, Mar 13, 2017

Research on approximately 500,000 hospitalizations, treated by 20,000 hospitalists, in 3,000 hospitals, across the country found that even when similar patients were treated, hospitals varied dramatically in their health care spending, but doctors within those hospitals varied even more.

The differences in health care spending between individual hospitalists practicing within the same hospital were larger than the differences observed across hospitals.

The study also discovered that higher spending doesn’t lead to better patient outcomes. These results suggest that policies to improve the efficiency of health care should not only focus on hospitals, as has historically been the case; they should also take doctors into account.


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