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Understanding Differences Between High- and Low-Price Hospitals: Implications for Efforts to Rein in Costs
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Jan. 29, 2014

"This study used private insurance claims data to identify hospitals receiving inpatient prices significantly higher or lower than the median in their market.... High-price hospitals fared much better than low-price hospitals did in U.S. News & World Report rankings, which are largely based on reputation, while generally scoring worse on objective measures of quality, such as postsurgical mortality rates. Thus, insurers may face resistance if they attempt to steer patients away from high-price hospitals because these facilities have good reputations and offer specialized services that may be unique in their markets."

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