A comparison of inpatient severity, average length of stay, and cost for traditional fee-for-service medicare and medicare HMOs in Florida.


This research compares the mean severity level, length of stay, and cost of Medicare health maintenance organization (HMO) and Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) inpatients. The results suggest Medicare HMOs have healthier inpatients and shorter lengths of stay, but more costly per-day utilization. These findings are contrary to the assumption that HMOs reduce… (More)


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