By Vivian Ho, Marah Short, Maura Coughlin, Shara McClure and James Suliburk
News stories have raised concerns about level III or IV trauma centers in Florida that upgraded to level II and introduced trauma activation fees for minor injuries. These fees support 24-hour capability to treat life-threatening injuries. Texas recently experienced similar trauma center expansion. We analyzed insurance claims for BlueCross BlueShield of Texas to examine whether level I and II trauma center expansion was associated with increased prices or use of trauma activation fees.
Read the full article in JAMA.