Regional variations in health care use may be smaller than thought

Recently some experts have argued that regional variations in health care spending and utilization are contributing to the nation’s rising health costs—helping the issue emerge as an “explosive” one in this year’s reform debate—but a new Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) study finds that regional differences may not be as substantial as previously reported.

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HealthGrades study shows a large variance in quality at U.S. hospitals

Patients Have a 52% Lower Chance of Dying at Top-Rated Hospitals

HealthGrades released The Twelfth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study which examined nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. The study looks at trends in mortality and complication rates and also provides the foundation for HealthGrades’ quality ratings of procedures and diagnoses at each individual hospital.

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