Temporal Specificity and Task Alignment: Evidence from Patient Care

  title={Temporal Specificity and Task Alignment: Evidence from Patient Care},
  author={Guy David and Daniel Polsky and Evan Rawley},
We show how integration solves temporal specificity problems that arise from the misalignment of tasks between organizations and test the predictions of the model, using a large and rich patient-level dataset on hospital discharges to nursing homes and home health care. As predicted by the theory, we find that vertical integration allows hospitals to shift patient recovery tasks downstream to lower cost delivery systems by discharging patients earlier and in poorer health; and integration leads… CONTINUE READING


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