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Study: Hospitals' productivity in treating certain Medicare patients rising

from AHA News Now

U.S. hospitals increased their productivity in treating Medicare patients for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia between 2002 and 2011, according to a new study published online by Health Affairs. After adjusting for trends in the severity of patients' conditions and health outcomes, annual productivity growth over the period was 0.78 percent for heart attack, 0.62 percent for heart failure and 1.90 percent for pneumonia, the study found. more


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