Price controls and Medicare spending : Assessing the volume offset assumption. Commentary.
This study provides new estimates of the « volume offset » that may occur when payment rates for Medicare physician services are changed.
Currently, policy makers assume that 50 percent ofall payment rate decreases are offset by volume increase and that this occurs uniformly across all types of services.
Using data from 1986 through 1992 and time-series, cross-sectional regression analysis, the authors show that although volume growth does offset reductions in fees, the effect is generally smaller than 50 percent and varies considerably by type of service and specialty.
For imaging and evaluation and management services an offset of abou t 25 percent, and for tests an offset of about 15 percent, would seem more appropriate ; for procedures, the current 50 percent offset is consistent with this study's results.
In addition, this analysis suggests that the offset should be considered as a response to fee increases as well as decreases.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin, Service santé, Contrôle coût, Evaluation, Méthodologie, Homme, Système santé, Economie santé, Modèle mathématique, Analyse statistique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Care, Health service, Cost control, Evaluation, Methodology, Human, Health system, Health economy, Mathematical model, Statistical analysis
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0049746
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 31/05/1999.