Quality & Regulatory Affairs  |   May 2014
The Changing Culture of Hospital Accreditation and Compliance
Author Affiliations
  • Laura I. Dew, M.D.
    Committee on Quality Management and Departmental Administration
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Quality Improvement / Quality & Regulatory Affairs
Quality & Regulatory Affairs   |   May 2014
The Changing Culture of Hospital Accreditation and Compliance
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 52-54.
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 52-54.
The quality of hospital health care has tremendous social and economic consequences for the United States, including lost wages, reduced productivity, higher legal expenses and lower confidence in the health care system.1  Increasing health care productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and quality as a means of reducing cost is critical to U.S. economic performance improvement. By 2020, national health spending is expected to reach “$4.6 trillion and comprise 19.8 percent of GDP,” while the government-sponsored share of health spending is expected to increase from “45 percent in 2010 to about 50 percent by 2020,” driven by expected Medicare enrollment growth, Medicaid coverage expansions, and exchange plan premium and cost-sharing subsidies.2 
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