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AHA advertorial: Hospitals are 'bending the cost curve'

April 23, 2013

Hospitals are transforming health care in ways that are “bending the cost curve downward,” AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock notes in an AHA advertorial today in the Wall Street Journal. “Hospitals and their clinicians are increasing teamwork, making huge investments in health information technology, and improving data collection and use – leading to better value care,” he writes. “They are also making major strides in engaging patients, families, and communities in their health and health care. Dramatic improvements in quality and safety are occurring in virtually every American hospital.…Working together, we can achieve a sustainable level of health care spending by better managing advanced illness, engaging individuals in their health care, and using limited health care dollars wisely. Further ratcheting down Medicare and Medicaid payments for hospital care won’t ensure a healthier tomorrow.”