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Hospital Stays Are Shorter in Low Managed Care Markets

Bottomline-savvy executives in low managed care markets can be encouraged by a new book on length of stays published by The Center for Healthcare Industry Performance Studies (CHIPS). "The 1998 Procedures Resource Book - A Guide to Inpatient Procedures" highlights that length of stays in low managed care facilities are shorter than those in high managed care areas. This trend of low managed care facilities being as cost efficient and performance capable as their high managed care counterparts, is due in part to restrictive reimbursement patterns throughout the industry, according to Susan White, the book's author.