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The analysis by Chen et al1 found that costs of care for patients with pneumonia and heart failure and measures of quality of care were not tightly correlated, and they concluded that concerns about shorter lengths of stay translating to patient harm were not well founded. Of particular interest to clinicians and policy makers is to identify the “active ingredients” to safe and efficient care.
Rifkin W, Askren-Gonzalez A. Evidence-Based Guidelines Can Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(13):1173. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.209