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@WileyHealth CONCLUSION Our findings suggested that elevated EoL spending captures different resource use from conventional measures of EoL spending and may be more valuable in identifying potentially wasteful spending.
@WileyHealth WHAT THIS STUDY ADDS We calculated a new measure of elevated EoL spending by taking the difference in monthly Medicare spending between decedents and survivors with the same predicted mortality risk.
@WileyHealth WHAT IS KNOWN Medicare spending in the United States is highly concentrated among the small group of patients at the end of life (EoL), and EoL spending varies considerably across geographic regions.
New study in #HSR @WileyHealth from Yongkang Zhang PhD et al construct a new measure of end-of-life (EoL) spending—the elevated EoL spending—and examine its associations with measures of quality of care. FULL ARTICLE: https://t.co/ApRzXCYwpr https://t.co/JJGHyC3Clp
@WileyHealth CONCLUSION Medicare eligibility and enrollment at age 65 years led to increases in the use of some high-value and low-value care services, but there were no changes in the use of the majority of other services. Policymakers should consider refining the Medicare program.
@WileyHealth WHAT THIS STUDY ADDS Medicare eligibility and enrollment led to statistically significant changes in the use of some high-value and low-value care services.
@WileyHealth WHAT IS KNOWN Medicare provides nearly universal health insurance to individuals at age 65 years, leading to increases in health care use.
New study in #HSR @WileyHealth from Sungchul Park PhD, MPH et al examine the effects of Medicare eligibility and enrollment on the use of high-value and low-value care services. FULL ARTICLE: https://t.co/exI7lTATec https://t.co/BaQigImdjQ