Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report

Responding to criticism aimed at maps showing the amount providers in various regions of the country submitted in healthcare claims for Medicare beneficiaries, Dartmouth statisticians have released spending data adjusted for variations in regional cost of living differences.

1 comments on "Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report"
Rob Forster MD (6/28/2011 at 12:12 PM)

Having been a healthcare plan executive in Florida for near 10 years gave me time to study Miami. Those who live there >65 are healthier than average and both unit cost and utilization of services are higher than average No. Florida seniors. Unit cost are stratospheric[INVALID]Historical high FFS Medicare drove the current base for payment and reform never occured. In the private sector $5000-7,000/day in the University of Miami is not unusual in their contracts for acute medical beds. That is 3-5X the national norm. Seniors who are visiting So. Florida and fall ill are typically very sick and heavy over utilization of services is the standard.


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