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Outpatient Preventive Care Efforts Lower Costs Only Marginally
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Aggressive preventive care efforts in outpatient settings have little effect on spiraling hospital costs in the most expensive patients, says a surprising Harvard study. Rather, hospital payments must be reduced for certain procedures if the campaign to lower healthcare costs has any chance of success. “The big ticket items (in hospital care) are not for the diabetics who come in for a couple of days to get their blood sugar controlled,” says Karen Joynt, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health and the report’s principal author.