Hospitals Aim To Standardize Treatment To Boost Quality
A growing number of hospitals nationwide are adopting standardized methods of treatment as part of broad efforts to improve the quality of care and decrease costs. Their efforts are spurred in part by the availability of more comprehensive data that can identify differences in the types and quality of care between health care providers. For example, the Premier healthcare alliance operates a database of clinical and financial information from more than 2,500 member hospitals and health care facilities. The Bon Secours and Banner Health systems have used such information to implement initiatives that generate savings and eliminate unnecessary care. The USA Today story was produced byÂ the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting. CHCF is the publisher of California Healthline.
- "Hospitals Try To Find Savings, Cut Unnecessary Care" (Bazar, USA Today, 11/21).