Report: Wis. hospitals improve quality, save money

CREATED Jan 21, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Hospital Association says efforts to improve the quality of health care in the state are paying off.
 
The group released a report Tuesday saying hospitals have been working to avoid the sort of issues that lead to longer hospital stays and multiple admissions. The report says the efforts have averted nearly $40 million in health care costs since mid-2012.
 
The report says more than 100 hospitals collaborated to share knowledge and best practices associated with patient care. It says the result is a decrease in readmissions, hospital-associated infections and bad reactions to medication
 
Hospitals have been looking to cut costs as their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates decline.
 
WHA President Steve Brenton says the cost savings are good news for patients, employers and insurers.