Slowing Medicare Spending: Analysis of Trends and Their Policy Implications


In recent years, Medicare spending per beneficiary has grown at historically low rates, and significantly slower than private insurance spending per person. Continuing this trend is crucial for the long-term viability of the program. To inform policies aimed at sustaining slower Medicare growth for the long term, a research team will assess recent Medicare spending trends and examine geographic areas and health service sectors where spending is high or growth more rapid. The analyses will focus on markets where payment reforms have taken hold as well as those where postacute care costs appear to be significantly higher than expected. Data and programming support will be provided by the consulting firm Acumen.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Vanderbilt University and Acumen, LLC
Principal Investigator:
Melinda Buntin, Ph.D. and Thomas DeLeire, Ph.D., and Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2014

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