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Comparison of Rate of Utilization of Medicare Services in Private Versus Academic Cardiology Practice

Cardiovascular services are the third largest source of Medicare spending. We examined the rate of cardiovascular service utilization in the community of Glendale, CA, compared with the nearest academic medical center, the University of Southern California. Publicly available utilization data released by Medicare for the years 2012 and 2013 were used to identify all inpatient and outpatient cardiology services provided in each practice setting. The analysis included 19 private and 17 academic cardiologists. In unadjusted analysis, academic physicians performed half as many services per Medicare beneficiary per year as those in private practice: 2.3 versus 4.8, p <0.001. Other factors associated with higher utilization included male physician, international (vs US) medical school graduate, interventional (vs general) cardiologist, and more years in practice. Factors independently associated with higher utilization rates by multivariable analysis included private practice setting (odds ratio [OR] 1.84, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.30 to 2.61, p <0.001), male physician (OR 1.64, 95% CI 1.00 to 2.67, p = 0.049), and international medical school graduate (OR 1.37, 95% CI 1.07 to 1.78, p = 0.014). In conclusion, in this analysis of 2 cardiology practice settings in southern California, medical service utilization per Medicare beneficiary was nearly 2-fold higher in private practice than in the academic setting, suggesting that there may be opportunity for substantially reducing costs of cardiology care in the community setting.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0002914917313115

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