Healthcare Dive writes of a new Navigant study that found academic medical centers are lagging behind other facilities in terms of cost and quality measures. Researchers found that costs per case were 5.8% higher at AMCs in 2017. That equals $3.1 million on average in added annual operating expense per AMC. The cost per case disparity between high and low performances was also larger for the centers — 22% for AMCs and 19.8% for non-AMCs. That equals $12 million per AMC and $9.2 million per non-AMC in additional annual operating costs.