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Population health a key factor in Medicare cost differences, study finds
Modern Healthcare

Population health plays a larger role in geographic differences in Medicare spending than previously thought, according to a study from George Mason University and the Urban Institute. The study of geographical differences in Medicare spending was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers estimated the differences in Medicare spending between high- and low-cost geographic areas and the role of beneficiaries’ health to explain variations, using data on Medicare spending by 6,725 elderly Medicare patients collected by the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey from 2000-02.

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