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Patient costs greater at hospital-owned physician groups

October 28, 2014

Hospital-owned physician groups, often aggregated in order to provide coordinated care, had higher costs per patient than physician-owned organizations, according to study results.

Data spanning 2009 to 2012 on all expenditures incurred by patients in California, including hospital, pharmaceutical and other costs, were provided by the Integrated Healthcare Association, an association of insurers, and Truven Health Analytics. The expenditures were measured by the amount paid by the insurer, not billed charges, and instances of expenses exceeding $100,000 for a single patient were excluded to avoid confounding the results by including small numbers of very sick patients. Data for mental health services, which are paid separately under the system, were excluded in the study led by the University of California, Berkeley.

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