Navigation Links
Doctors Can Help Lower Hospital Costs
Date:5/13/2008

'Gainsharing' gives physicians cash rewards to keep expenses down, researchers say

TUESDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Giving doctors cash rewards to reduce hospital spending helps control costs without compromising quality or patients' access to care, according to a five-year study that included more than 220,000 patients.

The study compared six cardiac catheterization labs that implemented this type of "gainsharing" program to 123 non-gainsharing labs.

The researchers, from Arizona State University, found that gainsharing reduced hospital costs by 7.4 percent, or $315 per patient. That means that nationwide use of gainsharing could slash hospital costs for coronary stent patients by about $195 million a year, according to the researchers.

Most of the savings from the gainsharing programs in the study were the result of lower prices for coronary stents. The gainsharing programs didn't lead to any changes in patient referral patterns and didn't increase the overall risk of in-lab complications. In fact, the gainsharing programs were associated with significant decreases in three specific types of complications, the researchers said.

"We found no evidence that gainsharing prompted physicians to avoid patients with existing health problems or pick the healthiest patients," study author Jonathon Ketcham, an assistant professor at the university's School of Health Management and Policy, said in prepared statement.

Further research into gainsharing's effects on other health care quality measures and how it influences doctors' decisions would be valuable, he added.

The study is published in the May/June issue of the journal Health Affairs, a themed issue on health-care reform.

Another study in the issue concluded that doctors in Massachusetts don't face a malpractice premium crisis -- even though the state has the fourth-highest median malpractice settlement payments in the country. Nearly all physicians in the state paid lower inflation-adjusted malpractice premiums in 2005 than in 1990. The findings challenge popular perceptions and assumptions behind legislative proposals to cap malpractice damages awards, said the Suffolk University Law School researchers.

In another study that included a survey of more than 800 doctors, researchers found that primary-care physicians in high-spending health-care regions have more frequent patient return visits, are more likely to recommend screening tests of uncertain benefit, and opt for more resource-intensive management strategies than doctors in low-spending health-care regions.

"Current policy efforts to improve the quality of care and address disparities in spending have focused largely on fostering adherence to clinical guidelines," wrote researcher Brenda Sirovich of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., and colleagues. "This study suggests that greater attention to clinical judgment -- and to local factors that are likely to influence physician practice -- will be required."

More information

There's more on U.S. health-care costs at the National Coalition on Health Care.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Health Affairs, news release, May 13, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UK junior doctors gaining less experience of common procedures
2. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
3. One-fourth of HIV patients believe their doctors stigmatize them
4. Annual flu shot cuts need for doctors visits, hospitalization among children
5. Teens need to see their doctors more often
6. Doctors and medical ethicist discuss whether doctors should participate in capital punishment
7. Doctors and Medical Ethicist Discuss Whether Doctors Should Participate in Capital Punishment
8. South Texas Doctors Report More Severe Cases of Community Staph Super Bug Hospitalizing Children
9. Maimonides Expands Circulation of Physicians Practice Journal to Staten Island Doctors
10. Doctors Debate Drugs vs. Surgery for Angina
11. UCI Medical Affiliates Inc. Opens a New Doctors Care Center in Anderson
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctors Can Help Lower Hospital Costs
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to ... of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be ... vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Cary, North Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... the release of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of ... harvested for centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking ... American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical ... effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned ... the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at ... fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on E ... goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not ... as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as ... Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) ... Daylight Time). As previously announced on May ... definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 26, 2016 ... value-based care operating models within the health care industry ... greater financial efficiency , Deloitte offers a suite ... key business issues impacting efficient cost optimization: labor resource ... , These services facilitate better outcomes and better economics ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, ... design, development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral ... announced today that Bill Messer has ... Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio of ... devices. Bill joins the Collagen Matrix ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: