5/30/2013 – Variation In Medicare Costs Is Mainly Due To Post-Acute Care (Forbes)

Health policy wonks have been pointing for a while now to large variations in Medicare spending across different parts of the country. Live in Miami, and the government is probably going to spend a heck of a lot more for you on Medicare than if you live in Minneapolis, even after accounting for how healthy or sick you are. These variations have struck many policy experts as a chance for a win-win situation. As one group from Dartmouth put it: “To slow spending growth, we need policies that encourage high growth (or high-cost) regions to behave more like low-growth, low-cost regions.”

Read the full article at Forbes.