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September 2013Impact of Mortality-Based Performance Measures on Hospital Pricing: the Case of Colon Cancer Surgeries
with Avi Dor, Partha Deb, Michael Grossman, Gregory Cooper, Siran Koroukian: w19447
We estimate price regressions for surgical procedures used to treat colon cancer, a leading cause of cancer mortality. Using a claims database for self-insured employers, we focus on transaction prices, rather than more commonly available billing data that do not reflect actual payments made. Although the responsiveness of prices to hospital performance depends on the impact of quality on the slope of the quantity-demand of the payers, which are not known a priory, it is often assumed that higher performing hospitals are able to command higher prices. To test this hypothesis we construct performance rankings, based on hospital excess-mortality and incorporate them into our price models. We are interested in the type information available to large payers who negotiate prices on behalf o...

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