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Managed Care Discounting: Evidence from the MarketScan Database

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  • Avi Dor
  • Siran M. Koroukian
  • Michael Grossman

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The paper examines price discounting by health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations in markets for hospital services. Our empirical analysis focuses on transaction prices for angioplasty, which is a relatively common procedure, with well defined 'product' characteristics. After controlling for patient and procedure heterogeneity and market power we find that on average prices for PPOs are 8% lower than fee-for-service plans, followed by point-of-service HMOs who capture a 24% discount. Our results are in general agreement with earlier work that shows that managed care discounts are 'real', after accounting for process of care.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10437.

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Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Publication status: published as Dor, Avi, Siran M. Koroukian and Michael Grossman. "Managed Care Discounting: Evidence From The MarketScan Database," Inquiry - Excellus Health Plan, 2004, v41(2,Summer), 159-169.
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  1. David Bardey & Jean-Charles Rochet, 2010. "Competition Among Health Plans: A Two-Sided Market Approach," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(2), pages 435-451, 06.
  2. Avi Dor & Partha Deb & Michael Grossman & Gregory Cooper & Siran Koroukian & Fang Xu, 2013. "Impact of Mortality-Based Performance Measures on Hospital Pricing: the Case of Colon Cancer Surgeries," NBER Working Papers 19447, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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