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Medicare study: Reduced deaths, hospitalizations and costs

from AzNA

Fifteen percent of the population in Arizona is on Medicare. A new study published in JAMA on July 28 shows unexpected and great findings regarding the 68 million Medicare beneficiaries in the US who were studied between 1999 and 2013. Hospitalization rates fell 24 percent, deaths fell 16 percent, and bills dropped 15 percent. Lead investigator Harlan Krumholz, M.D., SM said that better training for hospital staff led to many of the improvements. Nurses will find this article in 1994 by Linda Aiken, Ph.D. of interest. She compared Medicare mortality in Magnet and non-magnet hospitals. She found that in “a set of hospitals known for good nursing care (Magnet) mortality rates were 7.7 percent lower than in a non-Magnet control group.” more

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