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CP hospital named most cost-efficient in think-tank study
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CP hospital named most cost-efficient in think-tank study

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Pinnacle Hospital in Crown Point was ranked the most cost-efficient hospital in the United States in an analysis of Medicare data by Massachusetts-based think tank The Lown Institute.

The insititute, which describes itself as "a nonpartisan think tank advocating bold ideas for a just and caring system for health," analyzed data from more than 3,000 hospitals, looking at the amount Medicare was billed by the hospital and comparing that to how many patients died both 30 and 90 days after admission.

"If we want to keep costs low for the Medicare program and provide quality care for the 60 million Americans who depend on it, hospitals must be as efficient as possible," said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute. "The best hospitals prove that you can save Medicare dollars and deliver great patient outcomes at the same time."

Pinnacle was also ranked first in Indiana for patient outcomes in the study.

“America needs hospitals that provide great medical care at low costs,” said Pinnacle CEO H. R. Ansari,. “This award validates everything we have been trying to do for our patients and the community.”

Pinnacle Hospital is physician-owned.

"It’s a unique collaboration," Ansari said. "Our physicians play an active role in keeping costs for patients low while making sure we provide a high quality care with effective outcomes across several medical specialties, such as podiatry, orthopedic, spine, cardiology, neurosurgery, general surgery, GI, GYN, ENT and medicine patients where some require an inpatient stay."

Physicians from across Northwest Indiana treat patients at the hospital, whether they are actively involved in ownership or not.

Dr. Michael Nirenberg, a podiatrist is among the physicians who use the facility.

"I am not an owner, but nonetheless it is one of the few hospitals where I have a say in patient care — the management listens," Nuremberg said.

Pinnacle Hospital, at 9301 Connecticut Drive, was formed in 2007. For more information, visit pinnaclehealthcare.net. Learn more about the Lown Institute cost-efficiency study at www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2021/11/10/lown-report.

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