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Paying hospitals for better performance saves lives, study says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:62
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    If 75 000 US patients who had had pneumonia or a heart bypass had received most of an evidence based set of care measures in 2004, healthcare costs would have been as much as $1bn (£0.54bn; €0.78bn) lower and 3000 more patients would have lived. There would have been 6000 fewer complications, 6000 fewer readmissions to hospital, and 500 000 fewer days in hospital.

    The report comes from the Health Quality Incentive Demonstration project, a “pay for performance” study by the Premier healthcare alliance of 1500 not-for-profit hospitals and the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The centers pay for care for elderly and poor people and for some children. The study's results were presented at a meeting in Orlando, Florida, on 20 June.

    However, measures of …

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