November 13, 2012
Program Results Report
From November 2010 through March 2012, the California Quality Collaborative (CQC) conducted an evaluation of its regional improvement effort aimed at reducing unnecessary services and engaging physicians in improving efficiency of resource use.
May 28, 2012
This study examines the cost of care for acute appendicitis in different health care facilities in California. The researchers note that despite comparing similar services using a relatively strict definition of uncomplicated appendicitis, California hospitals charge inconsistently.
April 24, 2012
Human Capital Blog
An appendectomy in California could cost anywhere from $1,500 to more than $180,000, even at the same hospital or within the same county, according to a study led by RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc. The study, published this we ...
October 1, 2013
In many regions across the country, robust “super-utilizer” programs providing intensive outpatient care management to high-need, high-cost patients are beginning to emerge.
October 21, 2013
Patients with colorectal cancer are unwilling to travel more than five miles for high-quality cancer care.
April 25, 2011
Steven A. Schroeder, MD, has devoted his career to reducing excessive health care spending at major medical institutions. In this special health care reform article, he describes numerous efforts to study and reduce health spending.
September 9, 2010
This article examines whether affordability thresholds of financial strain due to medical bills change over time. The increasing cost of health care is a central issue in health policy and out-of-pocket spending for families has grown faster than incomes in the past decade.