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Hospital profits higher with patient complications: study
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals earn higher profit margins when their patients experience surgical complications, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors claim the study is the first to quantify how complications impact a hospital’s bottom line and illustrate the challenge of pushing hospitals to improve outcomes when the current system still rewards more care over better care. After looking at more than 34,000 inpatient surgical procedures, the study authors found that profit margins were 330% higher when privately insured patients suffered at least one complication.