Geographic Variation in Medicare and Commercial Spending
Pierre Thomas Léger, University of Illinois at Chicago
This study seeks to enhance understanding of the observed geographic variation in Medicare and commercial health care spending and utilization. Specifically, the work will investigate whether geographic variations in physician practice style are driving variations in spending and utilization or whether these variations are due to different financial incentives inherent in the reimbursement schedules of different payers. Findings related to how physicians behave at the micro level will enhance the understanding of geographic variations.