This large systematic review of 61 studies evaluating the association between quality and cost found ~1/3 with a positive association, ~1/3 with a negative association, and ~1/3 with no association. There is still not good evidence of the direction or magnitude of the association between health care quality and health care cost (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.