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Study: Region of medical residency affects physicians? spending patterns

Residency Program Insider, December 19, 2014

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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that general internists and family physicians who completed their residencies in regions associated with higher healthcare spending go on to practice more expensive medicine.
 
For the study, researchers examined 2011 Medicare claims data for physicians who completed their residencies from 1992 to 2010. Looking at physicians practicing in high-spending regions, the researchers found that those who trained in high-spending regions had an average spending of $1,926 more per year per Medicare beneficiary than those trained in regions associated with lower spending.
 
Physicians who trained in higher-spending regions also spent about $897 more per beneficiary when they practiced in regions associated with average healthcare spending.
 
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association



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