A new study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research as a working paper, found hospitals with better quality had more of the market and gained more market share than hospitals with lower quality between 2008 and 2010, writes Modern Healthcare.
The findings, based on an analysis of Medicare patients with heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and hip and knee replacements, suggest that hospitals do compete for consumers based on quality. That competition has the potential to improve overall U.S. healthcare quality, the study suggests.
Read more: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20151006/BLOG/151009957/blog-consumers-appear-to-follow-the-quality
Read study: http://www.nber.org/papers/w21603