Less is More: Top-Performing Hospitals Spend Less on Pharmacy and Supplies

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First posted 9/11/11 on Health Populi

The Top 100 performing hospitals in the U.S. spend 13% less on supply costs and 6% less on pharmacy costs, according to a research brief fromThomson ReutersAssociations Between Supply and Pharmacy Service Intensity, System Membership, and Hospital Performance.

Lower pharmacy intensity translated into lower inpatient and post-discharged mortality, and reduced complications, in the high-performing hospitals. Furthermore, these hospitals had better safety records, and shorter lengths-of-stay.

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