Community hospitals face a certain margin management challenge driven by changes in patient demographics, payment policy, health insurance coverage, and the competitive landscape. Leaders who aspire to continue operating independently need to protect their margins to maintain their financial viability. The ability to reliably deliver low-cost and high-quality inpatient care is becoming an increasingly important part of the margin management playbook.
This research report outlines opportunities for small, standalone hospitals to control enterprise costs by reducing care variation and showcases three community hospitals with effective care variation reduction strategies.
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