Forum Session

The Cost of Hospital Care
October 8, 2010


Laura A. Dummit


This Forum session provided an overview of hospital costs and cost drivers, focusing on the variation across different types of facilities. Speakers discussed the relationship between hospital revenues and costs and the ability of hospitals to become more efficient. With health reform’s expectation that hospitals achieve the same productivity gains as the rest of the economy, it is important to explore how some facilities will achieve these savings and what their potential impact will be on the quality of care.


Robert Murray, Executive Director, Health Services, Cost Review Commission, State of Maryland; Keith Kasper, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Michael Stevenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Murphy Medical Center

Slides from the presentations by Mr. Murray, Mr. Kasper, and Mr. Stevenson are available for download.

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