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Did Hospital Global Budgets Have an Impact on Health Care Use in Maryland?

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Starting in 2014, Maryland’s acute-care hospitals have been paid under a global budgeting system. According to a Commonwealth Fund–supported study in JAMA Internal Medicine, while hospitals have met the budget, there has been no appreciable reduction in use of services — such as number of hospital stays, emergency department visits, and primary care visits — when compared with control counties outside the state. University of Pittsburgh health economist Eric T. Roberts and his colleagues explore why. 

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