Coordinated Care at Right Time and
Place Means Higher Quality, Lower Cost
California hospitals recognize that health care costs are a major concern for
patients and are working to do their part to control costs while improving quality.
Today’s hospitals work in partnership with doctors, urgent care centers, community
clinics and behavioral health, rehabilitation and other providers to ensure patients
receive whole-person quality care in the most appropriate settings.
This coordinated approach to care means only the sickest patients are
treated in hospitals. And, clinical efficiencies and innovations allow today’s
hospital patients to recover quicker and return home sooner.
California spends $1,300 less
per patient than the U.S. average
This in spite of the fact that California has the 8th highest cost of
living in the nation and construction costs nearly twice the US average
($2.50M per bed CA, $1.70M per bed US)
Today hospital costs represent roughly
34% of all health care expenditures,
down from 42% in 1980.
California’s Health Care Delivery Models
— Our Foundation for Success
Long before the Affordable Care Act, California’s health care leaders built a
strong foundation for innovation and excellence as they developed health care delivery models
that focused on improving quality, increasing access and lowering costs.
California hospitals are committed to improving the quality and safety of patient care.
Through the leadership of the Hospital Quality Institute, California hospitals have:
- Reduced readmission rates for a savings of $3.6 million
- Outperformed national baselines in reducing six of eight hospital-acquired infections
- Reduced early elective newborn deliveries by 47 percent and obstetrical trauma by 23 percent
- Outperformed national 30-day mortality rates for stroke, coronary artery bypass grafting, heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia