EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

How vertical integration affects the quantity and cost of care for Medicare beneficiaries

Thomas G. Koch, Brett W. Wendling and Nathan Wilson ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2017, vol. 52, issue C, 19-32

Abstract: Health systems are employing physicians in growing numbers. The implications of this trend are poorly understood and controversial. We use rich data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to examine the effects of a set of physician acquisitions by hospital systems on outpatient utilization and spending. We find that financial integration systematically produces economically large changes in the acquired physicians’ behavior, but has less consistent effects at the acquiring system level.

Keywords: Vertical integration; Mergers; Healthcare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 L23 L40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167629616305677
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:52:y:2017:i:c:p:19-32

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Health Economics is currently edited by J. P. Newhouse, A. J. Culyer, R. Frank, K. Claxton and T. McGuire

More articles in Journal of Health Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2019-07-22
Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:52:y:2017:i:c:p:19-32