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Title
Medicare hospital outpatient services and costs: implications for prospective payment.
First Author
Miller, Mark E
Date of Pub
1992 Winter
Pages
135-149
Volume
14
Issue
2
Other Authors
Sulvetta, Margaret B
Abstract
Medicare expenditures of hospital outpatient department (HOPD) services are growing rapidly, prompting congressional interest in a prospective payment system. In this article, the authors identify frequently provided services and examine service volume and charges in the HOPD. Relatively few services drive Medicare HOPD spending, and volume is dominated by visits, imaging and laboratory tests, whereas surgery accounts for a large proportion of charges. Hospital-level variations in charges, costs, case mix, and outliers are also explored. There is substantial variation in charges and costs across hospital types. However, after case-mix adjustment, all hospital types have average costs within 6 percent of the national average.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures/economics : Costs and Cost Analysis/statistics & numerical data : Data Collection : Diagnosis-Related Groups/economics/statistics & numerical data : Emergency Service, Hospital/economics : Fees and Charges/statistics & numerical data : Medicare/economics/statistics & numerical data : Outliers, DRG/economics/statistics & numerical data : Outpatient Clinics, Hospital/economics : Pathology Department, Hospital/economics : Prospective Payment System/economics : Radiology Department, Hospital/economics : Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. : United States
NTIS Number
PB2001-105739