Amount of care similar for rural, urban medicare users

November 7, 2013
Amount of care similar for rural, urban medicare users

(HealthDay)—Although there may be a limited supply of physicians in some rural areas, little difference is found in the amount of health care received by Medicare beneficiaries for rural versus urban areas within the same region, according to research published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Jeffrey Stensland, of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in Washington, D.C., and colleagues analyzed 2008 claims data for all Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries to assess patterns of use by rural/urban status and region.

The researchers found no significant differences in rural versus urban Medicare beneficiaries for amount of services received or satisfaction regarding access to care. Although the amount of care used differed across regions, little difference was observed within each region.

"To the extent that Medicare payment policies are designed to ensure access, they should be assessed on the basis of achieving similar service use rather than similar local physician supply," the authors write. "They should also be targeted to isolated rural providers needed to preserve access to care."

Explore further: Revised geographic adjustments could improve accuracy of Medicare payments

More information: Abstract
Full Text

Related Stories

2012 primary care incentive payments top 664 million

August 13, 2013

(HealthDay)—Payments from the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Payment Program (PCIP) were more than $664 million for calendar year 2012, according to a report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Recommended for you

Sleep loss detrimental to blood vessels

April 22, 2016

Lack of sleep has previously been found to impact the activation of the immune system, inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism and the hormones that regulate appetite. Now University of Helsinki researchers have found that ...

Lowered birth rates one reason why women outlive men

April 18, 2016

Using unique demographic records on 140,600 reproducing individuals from the Utah Population Database, a research team led from Uppsala University has come to the conclusion that lowered birth rates are one reason why women ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.