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    The link between physician payments, physician behavior and patient outcomes by Shatzer, Derek Michael

    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.