Variation in Health Care

Variation in spending per Medicare beneficiary has long been documented. Some researchers have even gone as far as to assert that nearly 30 percent of health care spending could be unnecessary. Not surprisingly, in the search to find ways to bend the cost curve, the Obama administration and Congress have seized on reducing variation as a key target. In the fall of 2009, the AHA Board of Trustees convened the Task Force on Variation in Health Care Spending to examine this issue. The task force studied the research, talked to many experts, and sought the input of our hospital members through the AHA governance process. 

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