Rural/Urban Differences in Inpatient Related Costs and Use among Medicare Beneficiaries

Date
12/2013
Description
Reports that Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted to rural hospitals tend to have lower outpatient costs than Medicare beneficiaries admitted to urban hospitals. These differences are due to multiple factors, some of which were adjusted in the comparison. The analysis suggests that consideration of the total cost of an acute episode of care might be considered, not just the cost of the acute inpatient stay.
Center
Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis
Authors
Matthew Toth, Mark Holmes, Victoria A. Freeman, George H. Pink
Topics