Medicare costs and surgeon supply in hospital service areas.

@article{Ricketts2012MedicareCA,
  title={Medicare costs and surgeon supply in hospital service areas.},
  author={Thomas C. Ricketts and Daniel W Belsky},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={255 3},
  pages={
          474-7
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To quantify the correlates of variations of Medicare per beneficiary costs at the hospital service area level and determine whether physician supply and the specialty of physicians has a significant relationship with cost variation. BACKGROUND The American Medical Association Masterfile data on physician and surgeon location, characteristics and specialty; Census derived sociodemographic data from 2006 ZIP code level Claritas PopFacts database; and Medicare per beneficiary costs… CONTINUE READING
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