Research Grants

Funding For:

Hospital Acquisition of Physician Practices and Health Care Delivery and Costs

Cost & Quality


Laurence Baker, Stanford University

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2013 - Jan 15, 2014



Summary of the Project:

This NIHCM-funded study used several sources of data on physician practice ownership combined with Medicare and private-sector claims data to investigate how care patterns, quality of care and spending for services are related to hospital ownership of physician practices and the competitiveness of physician markets. Results are relevant to policymakers addressing consolidation between hospitals and physician practices.

Media Coverage

October 01, 2015

"Less Physician Practice Competition Is Associated With Higher Prices Paid for Common Procedures"

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Author: Austin D & Baker LC, Health Affairs

June 01, 2015

"Concentration In Orthopedic Markets Was Associated With A 7 Percent Increase In Physician Fees For Total Knee Replacements"

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Author: Sun E & Baker LCC, Health Affairs

October 22, 2014

"Physician Practice Competition and Prices Paid by Private Insurers for Office Visits"

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Author: Baker LC, et al., JAMA

May 01, 2014

"Vertical Integration: Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices is Associated with Higher Prices and Spending"

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Author: Baker LC, et al., Health Affairs