Is Anybody Managing the Store? National Trends in Hospital Performance

Griffith, John R.; Alexander, Jeffrey A.; Foster, David A.
November 2006
Journal of Healthcare Management;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p392
Academic Journal
Nine standardized measures compiled from Medicare data show trends in the safety, quality, financial management, and efficiency for more than 2,500 community hospitals over five years ending in 2003. Although much public attention has been given to hospital performance, along with exhortations to improve, few measures show substantial positive trends, either in variance reduction or overall improvement. The authors conclude that environmental forces are not stimulating improvement and that the overall picture is one of randomness rather than management.


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