Another piece of research related to both social determinants of health and geographic variation in per person health spending.
A unit of the Centers for Disease Control issues a report displaying the state variation in certain types of health care utilization.
Another report using data from the Health Care Cost Institute finds wide geographic variation in payments for the same services.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis adds to the literature on understanding geographic variation in health care spending by attempting to understand how much may be due to price or to utilization in commercial populations.
An article in the Medicare & Medicaid Research Review examines correlates of state-level per capita health spending, finding that income, capacity and share of the elderly are important factors.
A new Dartmouth Atlas report focuses on variation in pediatric care.
A report from the Optum Institute provides another look at data related to geographic variation in important health outcomes, especially quality and spending.
An examination of variation in the costs of specific episodes of care for Medicare beneficiaries finds that health of the population in an area and practice patterns appear to account for much of the difference in spending.
Once more into the breach on geographic variation is spending, with the latest analysis examining case mix or patient health adjustments and finding that patient health accounts for 75-85% of the variation in spending, at least for Medicare beneficiaries.
A draft working paper from the Federal Reserve Staff is the latest salvo in the ongoing exploration of any link between more health spending and better quality or vice versa. The paper suggests that geographic variation in spending is not likely highly correlated with quality.