In the competitive health care market of the 1990s, trauma centers face a multitude of fiscal challenges that threaten their survival. Trauma centers are confronted with the tremendous task of balancing the cost of caring for the patient with multiple trauma who requires resource-intensive care with the most fiscally responsible outcomes. Academic medical centers and residency training programs are faced with an even greater burden associated with controlling cost while providing learning experiences for physicians and nurses. Outcomes management represents the future strategy that trauma centers nationwide must embrace. Outcomes management gives trauma centers the opportunity to demonstrate their contribution to the community and society through improved patient and systems outcomes
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Trauma| May 01 1995
Financial Strategies and Outcomes Management in Trauma Care: Current Status and Predictions for the Future
Patricia A. Southard, RN, MN, JD;
From Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon.
Reprint requests to Patricia A. Southard, RN, MN, JD, Associate Hospital Director, Oregon Health Sciences University, MBS, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1995) 6 (2): 257–268.
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Patricia A. Southard, Lynn Eastes; Financial Strategies and Outcomes Management in Trauma Care: Current Status and Predictions for the Future. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1995; 6 (2): 257–268. doi:
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