An NCCI report indicates that increasing time-off benefits in workers’ compensation insurance results in employees staying off the job for a longer period of time, incurring higher work comp costs for employers.
One of the supposed sources for cost reduction is eliminating inappropriate geographic variation in medical care; variation that is unassociated with better outcomes. A MedPac report suggests variation, while significant, may be less of an issue than other analyses have found.
Researchers looked at patients’ decision-making when they were hearing a very strong physician recommendation versus when they were solely responsible for a medical decision. The patients were more risk-avoiding than the physicians.
A Pittsburgh study indicates that a telephone-based depression intervention following CABG surgery improves quality outcomes. Another example of relatively inexpensive method to improve care quality.