The CMS will fund a $5 million, one-year demonstration project at three New Hampshire hospitals to test whether giving patients more information about their healthcare options and involving them in decision-making will improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. The project will extend a model of shared decision-making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, to Concord (N.H.) Hospital and Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia. Dartmouth-Hitchcock said its Center for Shared Decision-Making grew out of work by Jack Wennberg and others at the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School examining factors that affect doctor-patient relationships and clinical quality. Dartmouth-Hitchcock will receive $3.2 million, Concord $1.2 million and Lakes Region $500,000. -- by Jeff Tieman
CMS to test effects of patient involvement in care
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