Market Competition Only Has Modest Effect on Hospital Quality Performance

Intense market competition may not lead to significant improvements in hospital quality performance, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

For their study, researchers obtained 2003-2006 hospital performance data for heart-failure from The Joint Commission. This performance data was linked to hospital characteristics, such as area-level sociodemographic information, obtained from the American Hospital Association.


Results from their analysis showed market competition was only slightly associated with changes in hospital quality performance in inpatient heart-failure care.

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