Bend the Health Care Cost Curve by Reducing Care Variation


While reducing unwarranted care variation has long been a means for improving care quality, health system executives are now counting on this strategy to help bend the health care cost curve.

We modeled the cost savings generated by improving quality to determine whether higher quality organizations have less variation in care. We found that not only do top-quality performers have higher quality outcomes and lower costs for most APR-DRGs, they also have less variation between cases.

Our infographic quantifies your cost-savings opportunity for the top 30 APR-DRGs that can be unlocked by matching top-quartile performance. Use this list to inform your next care variation reduction savings opportunity and maximize the return on your efforts.

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