The Hill's Congress Blog - "Engines for Reform: Changing How Hospitals Deliver Care by Dr. Kenneth Davis and Dr. Steven Safyer"

 – April 24, 2013  –– 

The recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluding that hospitals financially benefit from surgical complications of patients, suggests that hospitals are not motivated to contain costs. We disagree with the implication that hospitals deliberately benefit from patient harm, but we believe the current way we pay for health care in this country does not make the changes possible that can bring better outcomes and reduce costs. Some hospitals do prefer the status quo, but as CEOs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, we want to challenge it by improving the health of our patients while controlling costs because we know that health care is too expensive. The fact is that non-profit teaching hospitals such as ours — with over 60 percent of our patients in Medicare and Medicaid and a less than three percent operating margin — can still be engines for much needed payment reform. Learn more