This report proposes alternative methodologies for determining the practice expense (PE) component of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in order to avoid misvalued payment rates. A main concern is the allocation of indirect practice costs.
Apr 11, 2018
Evaluation of Policy Options for Increasing the Availability of Primary Care Services in Rural Washington State
To address a perceived shortage in rural primary care providers, RAND Corporation researchers projected the effects that various policy options could have on Washington State's rural primary care workforce through 2025.
Nov 15, 2016
Researchers linked data from a randomized controlled trial to Medicare claims to determine whether a fall-prevention intervention reduced health care costs or the frequency of emergency department visits for fall-related injuries.
Oct 26, 2016
Anesthesia Service Use During Outpatient Gastroenterology Procedures Continued to Increase from 2010 to 2013 and Potentially Discretionary Spending Remained High
Previous studies have identified an increasing number of gastroenterology (GI) procedures using anesthesia services to provide sedation, with a majority of these services delivered to low-risk patients. The aim of this study was to update these trends with the most recent years of data.
Jul 19, 2016
Claims data analysis suggests that physicians may be identifying more patients in the coding system as being at high risk of complications from some outpatient procedures in order to ensure payment for anesthesia services.
May 9, 2016