Durable Medical Equipment and Home Health Among the Largest Contributors to Area Variations in Use of Medicare Services (Summary)
The researchers examined variations in beneficiaries’ use of 13 health care services (both hospital and physician services) in 60 communities to investigate: discernible patterns (i.e., high or low overall use); the extent of variation in service categories across sites; and which services vary to the extent that they account for disproportionate geographic variation in total use. They relied on three years of claims data (2004–06) from a sample of elderly beneficiaries enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
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