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Hospital Performance

HealthLeaders magazine, April 13, 2014

The Truven Health Analytics™ 100 Top Hospitals® outperform their peers by demonstrating balanced excellence—operating effectively across all functional areas of their organizations. The data demonstrates how both patients' health and hospitals' bottom lines could be improved. Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, the study found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year's winners, nearly 165,000 additional lives could be saved, more than 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free, $5.4 billion could be saved, and the typical patient could be released from the hospital half a day sooner.

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Price Variation and Transparency

HealthLeaders magazine, March 13, 2014

Recent changes to healthcare benefits, including the opportunity for consumers to exercise more choice in selecting providers and treatments, have the potential to help reduce costs. Truven Health Analytics has found that reducing price variation for the 108 million Americans with employer-sponsored insurance could save the nation as much as $36 billion per year. Providing consumers with clear, comparative information on the cost of services is key to further engaging them in decision-making and, ultimately, reducing healthcare costs. The data in this report demonstrate what could be saved through price transparency, with specific research on price variation in colonoscopies, a service that research has shown is particularly prone to price variation.

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Outpatient Services Under PPACA

HealthLeaders magazine, February 13, 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect the volume of outpatient procedures in all ambulatory care settings. With respect to Medicaid, not all states have opted in to that expansion under PPACA, but according to a Truven Health Analytics™ forecast, if all states do opt in to the expansion of Medicaid, the number of projected outpatient procedures (all payers) would be about 101 billion over the next 10 years, about 2 billion more than the number projected under the current environment (which accounts for states that have opted in or out). In this report, we'll examine the implications for six states: Florida and Texas, which have opted out; and California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan, which have opted in.

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