Year(s) Funded: 2012-2013
Topic(s): Health Services, Healthcare Access, Healthcare Financing, Medicare
Project Lead: Ira Moscovice
The purpose of this study is to: 1) assess the relationship between service utilization patterns and costs for rural Medicare beneficiaries across the rural continuum; 2) examine the relationships between rural beneficiaries service utilization and market structure; and 3) evaluate provider-focused and beneficiary-focused strategies and policies for addressing high costs in specific rural contexts. The Medicare Beneficiary Annual Summary File will be used to analyze service use and per capita expenditures for rural Medicare beneficiaries, to identify factors associated with high Medicare expenditures for rural beneficiaries, and to describe service use and costs throughout the rural continuum as reflected in Hospital Service Areas. Multivariate regression analysis will be used to examine the relationships between provider market structure, beneficiary demographics, beneficiary service use and expenditures.
- Medicare Costs and Utilization Among Beneficiaries in Rural Areas, March 14th, 2016