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Editor's Correspondence
July 12, 2010

Evidence-Based Guidelines Can Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

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Author Affiliations: Milliman Care Guidelines LLC, A Milliman Company, Seattle Washington.


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Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(13):1173. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.209

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.

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