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Dor A, Encinosa WE, Carey K
AHRQ Author: Encinosa WE
Medicare's Hospital Compare quality reports appear to have slowed price increases for two major procedures.
The researchers investigated whether public reporting of hospital quality, as done through Medicare’s public reporting initiative, Hospital Compare, has an impact on the pricing of hospital services for the privately insured. In their examination of 2 common and expensive procedures, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary intervention, they found that Hospital Compare exerted a downward pressure on prices in States lacking quality report cards of their own.
AHRQ-authored; AHRQ-funded; HS023610
Citation: Dor A, Encinosa WE, Carey K . Medicare's Hospital Compare quality reports appear to have slowed price increases for two major procedures. Health Aff. 2015 Jan;34(1):71-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0263..
Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Quality of Care, Heart Disease and Health, Public Reporting, Surgery