Healthcare spending in the State of Louisiana

Blake P. Kruger, Jeremiah R. Brown
2019 BMC Health Services Research  
The State of Louisiana spends the most on Medicare beneficiaries per capita, but reports greater disparities in health status and death rates than other states. This project sought to investigate the associations between healthcare intensity, healthcare spending, and mortality in Louisiana. Methods: We used a 100% sample of 2014 Medicare claims data with beneficiaries assigned to hospital referral regions in Louisiana using small area analysis. We used simple and multivariable linear regression
more » ... e linear regression modelling to evaluate associations between healthcare intensity, healthcare spending rates, and mortality rates. We adjusted for age, sex, race, and population health risk factors. Results: We found no statistically significant associations between our measured variables when adjusted for age, sex, and race. These results were consistent after further adjusting mortality for population health risk factors. Conclusions: To our knowledge, no prior studies have investigated the associations between healthcare intensity, healthcare spending, and mortality in Louisiana. Our findings suggest that increased healthcare spending in Louisiana may not improve survival. Identifying more granular aspects of healthcare contributing to spending patterns in Louisiana may provide targets for future quality improvement work.
doi:10.1186/s12913-019-4275-y fatcat:dxtr23f6hrhaneamqzwcmznypq