Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Nonprofit Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Statistical Methods, and Pay-For-Performance Highlighted In the Latest INQUIRY Journal
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Summaries of the
articles in the journal INQUIRY's recently-released Vol. 44, No. 2 issue:
"Will Part D Produce Savings in Part A and Part B? The Impact of
Prescription Drug Coverage on Medicare Program Expenditures," by Bruce C.
Stuart, Becky A. Briesacher, Jalpa A. Doshi, Marian V. Wrobel, and Fatima
Baysac -- While prescription drug coverage significantly increases spending
on medications, this study finds no consistent evidence of more or less
Medicare spending for hospital or physician services. Thus it is unlikely
that the Part D drug benefit will produce cost offsets in other areas of
the Medicare program.
"Perverse Incentives in the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit," by
David McAdams and Michael Schwarz -- Because of unique risk adjustment
problems, Medicare's drug benefit will require ongoing regulatory
oversight, this analysis concludes. Alternatively, if all drug plans were
required to charge the same premium, there would be less diversity in plan
quality, but also less need to regulate formulary composition, less
budgetary uncertainty, and less upward pressure on drug prices.
"Nurse Staffing, Mortality, and Length of Stay in For-Profit and
Not-for- Profit Hospitals," by Barbara A. Mark and David W. Harless -- This
study found that over the 1990-1995 period, case mix-adjusted staffing of
registered nurses (RNs) was significantly lower in for-profit hospitals
compared to nonprofit hospitals, and that for-profits had a better
distribution of outcomes with fewer nurses. However, differences in patient
mortality and length of stay disappeared after controlling for population
and market characteristics.
"Paying Their Way? Do Nonprofit Hospitals Justify Their Favorable Tax
Treatment?" by Helen Schneider -- Examining data on California hospitals,
this study found that in similar markets, nonprofit hospitals supply an
approximately equivalent amount of community benefits as inve
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