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Insights on Health Care Costs and Benefits

January 24, 2016

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KNG Health researchers have examined a wide range of issues and topics related to the cost and cost-effectiveness of health care.  The following peer-reviewed publications provide a snapshot.

  • In “The Role of Long-term Acute Care Hospitals in Treating the Critically Ill and Medically Complex: An Analysis of Non-ventilator Patients” (Medical Care, 2015;53:582–590), Lane Koenig, Berna Demiralp, and co-authors provide empirical evidence of the effects of care in long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) on Medicare beneficiaries in terms of mortality and Medicare payments—evidence which has not yet been found in the literature.  For critically ill and medically complex patients, treatment in an LTCH can be the most cost-effective option for producing good outcomes at lower spending.
  • In “Can value-based insurance impose societal costs?”(Value in Health. 2014 Sep;17(6):749-51), Lane Koenig and co-authors estimate the societal impact of higher co-pays for total knee replacement using Oregon as a case study and building on recent work demonstrating the effects of knee osteoarthritis and surgical treatment on employment and disability outcomes.
  • In “Surgery for Hip Fracture Yields Societal Benefits that Exceed the Direct Medical Costs,” (Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. August 5, 2014 (online) DOI 10.1007/s11999-014-3820-6), Lane Koenig and co-authors find that the estimated lifetime societal benefits of surgical treatment of hip fractures exceeds the direct medical cost associated with the treatment.
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KNG Health researchers have examined a wide range of issues and topics related to the cost and cost-effectiveness of health care.  The following peer-reviewed publications provide a snapshot.

  • In “The Role of Long-term Acute Care Hospitals in Treating the Critically Ill and Medically Complex: An Analysis of Non-ventilator Patients” (Medical Care, 2015;53:582–590), Lane Koenig, Berna Demiralp, and co-authors provide empirical evidence of the effects of care in long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) on Medicare beneficiaries in terms of mortality and Medicare payments—evidence which has not yet been found in the literature.  For critically ill and medically complex patients, treatment in an LTCH can be the most cost-effective option for producing good outcomes at lower spending.
  • In “Can value-based insurance impose societal costs?”(Value in Health. 2014 Sep;17(6):749-51), Lane Koenig and co-authors estimate the societal impact of higher co-pays for total knee replacement using Oregon as a case study and building on recent work demonstrating the effects of knee osteoarthritis and surgical treatment on employment and disability outcomes.
  • In “Surgery for Hip Fracture Yields Societal Benefits that Exceed the Direct Medical Costs,” (Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. August 5, 2014 (online) DOI 10.1007/s11999-014-3820-6), Lane Koenig and co-authors find that the estimated lifetime societal benefits of surgical treatment of hip fractures exceeds the direct medical cost associated with the treatment.
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KNG Health researchers have examined a wide range of issues and topics related to the cost and cost-effectiveness of health care.  The following peer-reviewed publications provide a snapshot.

  • In “The Role of Long-term Acute Care Hospitals in Treating the Critically Ill and Medically Complex: An Analysis of Non-ventilator Patients” (Medical Care, 2015;53:582–590), Lane Koenig, Berna Demiralp, and co-authors provide empirical evidence of the effects of care in long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) on Medicare beneficiaries in terms of mortality and Medicare payments—evidence which has not yet been found in the literature.  For critically ill and medically complex patients, treatment in an LTCH can be the most cost-effective option for producing good outcomes at lower spending.
  • In “Can value-based insurance impose societal costs?”(Value in Health. 2014 Sep;17(6):749-51), Lane Koenig and co-authors estimate the societal impact of higher co-pays for total knee replacement using Oregon as a case study and building on recent work demonstrating the effects of knee osteoarthritis and surgical treatment on employment and disability outcomes.
  • In “Surgery for Hip Fracture Yields Societal Benefits that Exceed the Direct Medical Costs,” (Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. August 5, 2014 (online) DOI 10.1007/s11999-014-3820-6), Lane Koenig and co-authors find that the estimated lifetime societal benefits of surgical treatment of hip fractures exceeds the direct medical cost associated with the treatment.
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