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Vol. 1, No. 3, 2011

How Does the Volume of Post-acute Care Respond to Changes in the Payment Rate?

Measure the effect of changes from 1997 to 2001 in Medicare's payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) on the volume of SNF services and services in other settings.

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The impact of paradoxical comorbidities on risk-adjusted mortality of Medicare beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease

This study examines trends in the prevalence of conditions with a paradoxical (protective) relationship with mortality, and the impact of including these conditions on assessments of risk adjusted mortality. The relationship between individual comorbid conditions and mortality is changing over time, with potential impact on estimates of hospital performance and trends in mortality. Development of a standard approach for handling conditions with a paradoxical relationship to mortality is needed.

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Market Characteristics and Awareness of Managed Care Options Among Elderly Beneficiaries Enrolled in Traditional Medicare

Assesses the relationships of the number of Medicare risk plans, managed care penetration, and stability of plans in an area with traditional Medicare beneficiaries’ awareness of the program. Medicare may have more success engaging consumers in choice and capturing the benefits of plan competition by more actively selecting and managing the plan choice set.

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