Dobson | DaVanzo Publishes Research in Military Medicine on the Cost-Effectiveness of Prosthetic Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Research conducted by Dobson | DaVanzo was published in a recent special issue of Military Medicine. The goal of the study was to determine the extent to which Medicare patients who received selected prosthetic services had less health care utilization, lower Medicare payments, and/or fewer negative outcomes compared to matched patients not receiving these services. A retrospective cohort analysis using Medicare claims data (2007–2010) and propensity score matching techniques to found that patients who received lower extremity prostheses had comparable Medicare episode payments ($6,099 per-member-per-month for study group, $6,015 per-member-per-month for comparison group) and better outcomes than patients who did not receive prostheses. The article entitled, "Economic Value of Prosthetic Services Among Medicare Beneficiaries: A Claims-Based Retrospective Cohort Study" can be accessed here.