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A New Spin on Geographic Differences in Medicare Spending

Contradicting the increasingly prevalent view that differences in how medicine is practiced in different parts of the country primarily account for geographic variations in Medicare spending, an economist has now asserted that socio-economic and health factors, not geography, play a greater role in those variations.

According to an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank, socio-economic and health factors like smoking, obesity, and diabetes play a greater role in variations in Medicare spending than geography alone.  The geography argument has been advanced in recent years primarily by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has long questioned the Dartmouth Institute findings and the new Federal Reserve report is more in line with NAUH’s perspective on differences in Medicare spending patterns across the country.

Learn more about the new Federal Reserve report and find a direct link to that report in this Kaiser Health News reportPrescription Medication Spilling From an Open Medicine Bottle.

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