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Higher Spending CA Hospitals Demonstrate Lower Mortality Rates

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2011

Also perhaps influential are "early and more frequently coronary revascularization for acute myocardial infarctions and upper and lower endoscopies for gastrointestinal hemorrhages.

Another possibility, they wrote, is that patients admitted to higher spending hospitals might just be healthier from the start, "either because of where those hospitals are located or because higher-spending hospitals have lower thresholds for hospital admission.

Romley authored the report with colleagues Anupam Jena, MD and Dana Goldman, and received funding from the National Institute on Aging and the RAND Health Bing Center for Health Economics.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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