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Hospital List Prices Often Do Not Match Quality of Care

hospitalbedIt’s well known that the charges hospitals list for surgeries and other procedures bear little resemblance to the actual prices most patients pay. An analysis has found that the charges also bear little relationship to the quality of the care. The analysis focused on hospitals’ charges for a joint replacement that didn’t involve major complications. The analysis compared hospitals’ average charges to a safety score the company calculated from Medicare data. That score combines hospitals’ rates of serious complications, infections and other potentially avoidable health problems.  According to the analysis, there was no statistical relationship between the charges for the knee replacements and the quality of the hospitals according to a recent report at the Washington Post.