The bad news is that the news release only addresses half the question: did any savings exceed the institutions'cost of the risk stratification and the nurse-FTEs? If the early answer is no, then avoided ER visits and reduced costs could turn out to be much like Governor Christie's lap band: so far so good but it's still risky and could ultimately be all for naught .
"Interesting!" says the DMCB, but is reminded that Germany is hardly a model for reducing inflationary cost trends . It also specifically recalls hearing Germany's Minister of Health, Daniel Bahr, express impatience with his country's DRG system just last week. He criticized it for not advancing enough quality in his keynote address at the HauptKongress in Berlin.