Trends in Medicare enrollee use of physician and supplier services, 1983-86.
Fisher, Charles R
Date of Pub
Beginning in 1984, the long-term trend of increasing utilization of inpatient hospital care by Medicare enrollees reversed.
As Medicare patients increasingly received care in outpatient hospital facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, and physicians'
offices, the structure of charges for physicians' services changed significantly. Medical services by physicians in inpatient
hospitals declined rapidly. Surgical care for less life-threatening illnesses, such as eye conditions, moved from inpatient
hospitals to outpatient facilities and physicians' charges derived from inpatient care was offset primarily by the increased
proportion derived from physician care in outpatient facilities, mostly for surgery.
Ambulatory Care/utilization : Fee Schedules : Hospitals/utilization : Insurance, Physician Services/statistics & numerical
data : Length of Stay : Medicare/statistics & numerical data : United States