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Study finds variation in Medicaid prices, volume
Modern Healthcare

A new study in the July issue of Health Affairs shows significant variation in the volume of services and prices for Medicaid spending across states, and researchers suggest understanding those differences could help improve the quality and efficiency of care. In the nation’s mid-Atlantic region—identified as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania—a combination of high service volume and, to a lesser degree, high prices, led to the most-expensive regional care, while lower prices and volume in the South Central region of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas produced the least-expensive care.