AHRQ Study: Slower Price Increase Rates for Two Cardiac Procedures Linked to Medicare’s Hospital Compare Quality Scores
An AHRQ-funded study that looked at price trends for two common heart procedures found prices increased at a lower rate in states that did not have a public reporting system before Medicare began publishing Hospital Compare quality scores in 2008. The evidence suggests Hospital Compare provided leverage to purchasers in moderating price increases while adding competitive pressures to hospitals, researchers concluded. The study and abstract, “Medicare’s Hospital Compare Quality Reports Appear To Have Slowed Price Increases For Two Major Procedures,” appeared in the January issue of Health Affairs. To assess the relationship between quality reporting and hospital prices, researchers tracked pricing for coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary intervention before and after the 2008 start of Hospital Compare’s outcome-based quality scores. These cardiac procedures are among the most common major medical interventions in the United States and are among the most costly, accounting for more than $15 billion in health care spending in 2012.
Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Jan 1;34(1):71-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0263.
Medicare's Hospital Compare Quality Reports Appear To Have Slowed Price Increases For Two MajorProcedures.
Dor A1, Encinosa WE2, Carey K3.
Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.
Cost of Health Care; Financing Health Care; Hospitals; Insurance Market < Insurance
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