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Hospital Spending Intensity and Patient Outcomes

25 Dec
English: Data Source http://www.irdes.fr/EcoSa...

English: Data Source http://www.irdes.fr/EcoSante/DownLoad/OECDHealthData_FrequentlyRequestedData.xls (OECD Health Data 2009). Health care cost rise based on total expenditure on health as % of GDP. Countries are USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An amazing study implemented by Canadian health services researchers and published in the Journal of American Medical Association, suggests that depending which side of the border between Canada and the USA you live on, the consumption of the same expensive acute health cares results in different outcomes in term of patient’s health and quality of care. In other words, it is not so a matter of “how much” but rather a matter of “how” when it comes to question the legitimacy of a nation’s health care expenditures. The authors schedule to extend the field of their study to European countries and also to the long-term cares of chronic conditions.

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I’ll be back…

31 Jul

Everybody remember this legendary reply in the movie « Terminator”.

But what if the reply stands in the mouth of a Medicare enrolee being just discharged from a hospital stay?

These words are really frightening the federal administration.

According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, 20 percent of patients could have pronounced leaving the hospital the same three scaring words as Schwartzy pronounced when leaving the police station.

With the new ACO (Accountable Care Organisations) hospitals could be held reliable from what happens to their patient after their discharge. In this model of health management some hospitals will employ primary care practitioners or nurses to follow the discharged patient when returning at home. Medicare could pay a single fee per patient to cover all the cares which are undertaken in and outside the four wall of the hospital.

Meanwhile Medicare think to penalize hospitals that present high readmission rates within the 30 days following discharge.

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