October 11, 2013


Improvements March On . . .

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

. . . Even if the federal government doesn’t. Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) across the country continue to show dramatic improvement, resulting in fewer adverse events and significant cost savings. These and other hard-earned improvements help explain some of why year-over-year hospital price growth fell to 1.5% in August, the lowest rate in 15 years.  And a two-day conference this week, co-hosted by AHA and the American Medical Association (AMA), delved into how integrated systems of all sizes and shapes are making significant strides toward the triple aim of better care, lower costs and improved satisfaction. The AMA released a study showing higher physician satisfaction than word on the street often portrays, especially when physicians believe they are able to offer improved quality to patients, so the virtuous cycle continues. This is all pretty darn good for a health care sector that is reinventing itself while the economy seeks its footing and the political world stumbles along. I’m proud to march with you!

Thanks,
Rich

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