Trends and regional variations in hospital use under Medicare.
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Large regional differences have long been noted in hospital admission rates, in average length of stay, and in the days of
care rate for Medicare beneficiaries. This paper provides an overview of national trends in the use of inpatient hospital
services by Medicare beneficiaries and reviews past work on geographic differences in hospital use. It reassesses Medicare
program experience and provides some new views on the subject. Perhaps the most surprising finding from this re-examination
of regional differences in hospital use is that the number of days of care per capita in one area can differ substantially
from that of another area while the per capita costs of care can be nearly equal. The major conclusion from this study is
that no one utilization statistic is adequate for supplying information for the many current policy issues. Rather, there
is a continuing need to understand national trends and regional differences in hospital utilization and to study the disparities
by area in Medicare per capita spending for program benefits.
Age Factors : Aged : Comparative Study : Diagnosis-Related Groups : Hospitalization/trends : Human : Length of Stay/trends
: Male : Medicare/utilization : Patient Discharge/trends : Time Factors : United States