Article Published:  Healthcare Financial Management, June 2015

To Increase Efficiency, Decode Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB)

By Dale N. Schumacher, M.D., Len Felgner, Eric D. Dobkin, M.D., Fern E. Nerhood, Margaret W. Paroski, M.D.

A hospital can achieve both clinical and financial performance improvements by decoding its data on Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB) and creating a multidisciplinary team to identify episode variations and opportunities.


Hospitals can use the 2014 MSPB data provided to them by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve their performance. The process of decoding and analyzing MSPB data involves:

  • Analyzing MSPB measures by patient, major diagnostic category, and physician
  • Understanding the technical aspects of the data
  • Creating MSPB 30-day care pathways to identify episode variations and opportunities for joint clinical and financial scrutiny


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Article Published:  January 27, 2015

Analysis of How Evidence-based Clinical Information Software Products Used at the Bedside Affects Patient Outcomes

By Dale Schumacher, M.D., President, Rockburn Institute

Rockburn Institute was commissioned by Wolters Kluwer to determine if the nursing-based Lippincott Solutions’ products positively affect Clinical Outcomes, and subsequently could have a positive effect on the finances of a health care organization…. [Full Article]


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