Cost Savings

When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

The nation’s hospitals have been merging at a rapid pace for a decade, forming powerful organizations that influence nearly every health care decision consumers make.

The hospitals have argued that consolidation benefits consumers with cheaper prices from coordinated services and other savings.

News Author: 
Reed Abelson

AHRQ to study how primary care visits can reduce hospital readmissions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking at how it can re-engineer primary care visits to help solve an expensive healthcare problem: hospital readmissions.

The federal agency published a notice in the Federal Register seeking approval of the 30-month project to determine how to improve primary care visits to prevent avoidable readmissions of patients...

Geisinger Patient-Centered Medical Home Cuts Care Costs by 9%

The debate over the true value of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues with a new study by Geisinger Health System, which indicates that the comprehensive care framework may be able to reduce the total costs of patient care by nearly ten percent over six years of operations.

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