Vorträge: Philipp Schmidt-Dengler (1 Treffer)

Vortragsreihe "WIFO-Extern", 13.5.2013 13:15
Commentary: Dieter Pennerstorfer (WIFO)
Veranstalter: Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
This paper seeks to understand the impact of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program on rural resident hospital choice and welfare. The Flex program created a new class of hospital, the Critical Access Hospital (CAH), which receives more generous reimbursement in return for limits on capacity and length of stay. A hospital that converted to CAH status would see its inpatient admissions drop by a mean of 5.4 percent, of which almost all was driven by factors other than capacity. The program increased consumer welfare if it reduced the closure rate by at least 4 percentage points.