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The Post-Acquisition Quality Trap

Updated: Nov 5, 2018



Ellis and Adams conducted research on 41 hospital acquisitions taking place between 2014 and 2015 – comparing the quality scores reported through the Hospital Compare database for the years prior to and post-acquisition. Our findings indicate that the quality of care, in the acquired hospital, declines by an average percentile ranking of 5 points during the year immediately following the acquisition.

While the overall quality performance declined, some health systems showed quality improvements. Why do some hospitals see such improvements while others experience declining quality? To answer this, we analyzed the top and bottom performers to identify common traits and provide guidelines for smoother future transitions resulting in less disruption to the quality of care.

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