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Determining the Impact of Bundled Payments on Patient Satisfaction Levels: a Regressive Analysis on a Cost Saving Method Within Healthcare

by Zhang, Dennis

Abstract

Rising healthcare costs have prompted healthcare systems and public policymakers to begin to consider alternative payment structures. However, with the recent implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other healthcare mandates, patient satisfaction is becoming an increasingly important topic that will soon influence hospital compensation. An OLS regression was used to investigate if a new method of cost saving known as bundled payments has any impact on patient satisfaction levels. Using panel data on patient satisfaction and on healthcare systems that participated in an experimental bundled payment program, the results suggest that bundled payment programs have no significant impact on patient satisfaction levels. While there are notable data issues that frame the interpretation of the results somewhat, this study indicates that bundled payment structures can preserve care delivery.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27158
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
22 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Hoel, Jessica
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05