Bob Town

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There is enormous variation in medical treatment across physicians, hospitals and regions but designing reforms to lower costs and maintain quality requires identifying specific instances of inefficient spending. We develop a measure of the efficiency of health care delivery based on the frequency of negative CT scans for pulmonary embolism. Our model shows(More)
Recent policy discussions by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) regarding physician prices in the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare Program reflect movement toward a market pricing model. Earlier objectives such as sustainable levels of spending have given way to concerns over the relationship between fees and actual costs, access to(More)
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