This study investigates the stability of the “hospital effect” on performance over time by administrative health data as a source of evidence. Using 78,907 heart failure adult records from 117 hospitals in the Lombardy Region (Northern Italy) over three years (2010–2012), we analyzed hospital performance in terms of 30-day mortality and 30-day unplanned readmissions to gather evidence about the stability of the “hospital effect.” Best/worst performers were identified through multi-level models that combine both patient and hospital covariates. Our results confirm that managerial choices affect hospital performance, and that the “hospital effect” is not, contrary to expectations, stable over the short term. Performance improvement/worsening over the three years has been also analyzed.
Roshanghalb, A., Mazzali, C., Lettieri, E. and Paganoni, A. (2018), "Performance Measurement in Health Care: The Case of Best/Worst Performers Through Administrative Data", Epstein, M., Verbeeten, F. and Widener, S. (Ed.) Performance Measurement and Management Control: The Relevance of Performance Measurement and Management Control Research (Studies in Managerial and Financial Accounting, Vol. 33), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 243-257. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-351220180000033010Download as .RIS
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