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Study: Hospitals that charge more fare worse on quality measures

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, May 22, 2009

A study published in Health Affairs adds weight to the argument that care variations lead hospitals in some parts of the country to charge Medicare far more than hospitals in other places, even when they aren't necessarily delivering higher-quality care. The study found that the variations occur not only from region to region, but also from hospital to hospital in cities around the country. The study also found hospitals that charge more fare worse on standard quality measures.