More patients, less payment: Increasing hospital efficiency in the aftermath of health reform

Litvak E, Bisognano M. More patients, less payment: Increasing hospital efficiency in the aftermath of health reform. Health Affairs. 2011 Jan;30(1):76-80.

 

Large gains in hospital efficiency can be made through streamlining patient flow and redesigning care processes. Once managed efficiently, US hospitals, on average, could achieve at least an 80 to 90 percent bed occupancy rate without adding beds at capital costs of approximately $1 million per bed. This article outlines a plan for hospitals to accommodate more patients without increasing beds or staff, and for policy makers to require hospitals to make these changes or provide incentives for them to do so.

 

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