Do quality improvements in primary care reduce secondary care costs? – The Health Foundation (UK) – 15 February 2011

Posted on February 16, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Economics, Neurology, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Do quality improvements in primary care reduce secondary care costs? – The Health Foundation (UK) – 15 February 2011

Primary research into the impact of the Quality and Outcomes Framework on hospital costs and mortality

“A leading edge study published by the Health Foundation today shows an association between achievement of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators and a reduction in hospital costs and lives saved, particularly for stroke care.

The primary research, which analyses newly available data to establish the impact of QOF on hospital costs and mortality, finds that a single point increase in the QOF stroke score, across England, could lead to 2,385 fewer deaths in a year.

Do quality improvements in primary care reduce secondary care costs?‘ also estimates that improvements in primary care for stroke may have reduced secondary care costs by £165 million, over a four year period from 2004 to 2008, measured by a 10 per cent increase in the mean practice QOF stroke score.”

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