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Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report
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Dartmouth Atlas researchers have taken to heart last year’s heated criticism that they hadn’t adjusted for variations in regional cost of living differences when they published statistical maps showing wide regional variations in Medicare per capita spending. This week, statisticians with the group released a new set of tables that do just that. Most of the 306 geographic hospital referral regions moved a few points up or down, but most noteworthy were downward shifts in spending for New York City and San Francisco, Dartmouth statistician Jonathan Skinner said in a telephone interview.