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The link between physician payments, physician behavior and patient outcomes

by Shatzer, Derek Michael

Abstract

Understanding how physician behavior impacts patient outcomes has become a central concern in literature relating to the economics of healthcare. Using data from the 2010 U.S. Census and 2016 Hospital Compare Data, this paper analyzes how physician behavior impacts five different patient outcomes. We use the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores that a patient will submit following their hospital visit, as our proxy for physician behavior. We find that the HCAHPS scores that are associated with physician behavior such as, communication with physician, communication about medication, and discharge information are all statistically significant in impacting patient outcomes. Previous literature has proven that physician payment schemes influence physician behavior. Our study was able to prove that physician behavior impacts patient outcomes. Ultimately we conclude that physician payment schemes influence patient outcomes.

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Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27217
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
42 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Rask, Kevin
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05