Using Medicare data to measure vertical integration of hospitals and physicians

By Vivian Ho, Sasathorn Tapaneeyakul, Leanne Metcalfe, Lan Vu and Marah Short

The results of this study suggest that Medicare Data on Provider Practice and Specialty, which costs less to obtain than from a for-profit data source, can be used to reliably track the cost and quality effects of vertical integration between hospitals and physicians. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology: