Coordinating Cross-Boundary Care TransitionsBrian Hilligos
Ohio State University
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 12:00PM | Room 206E (Dean's Conference Room)
Relative Prices, Payer Mix and Regional Variations in Medical CareSean Nicholson
Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 1:00PM | Room 206E
ENABLE: Efficient Novel Active Behavioral LeversPunam Anand Keller
Tuck School, Dartmouth College
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 10:00AM | Room Dean's Conference Room
ENABLE interventions combine health communication, marketing, and choice architecture to increase active participation in initiating healthy behaviors. The ENABLE guidelines can be used with or without financial incentives to enroll in health programs. Support for ENABLE is obtained in six field studies. Three studies demonstrate how ENABLE can enhance enrollment in programs that do not offer financial incentives. Three additional studies show how ENABLE can increase enrollment in programs without adding to existing financial incentives.
Mergers When Prices Are Negotiated: Evidence From the Hospital IndustryGautam Gowrisankaran
Eller College of Management, University of Arizona
Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:15AM | Room 216
We estimate a bargaining model of competition between hospitals and managed care organizations (MCOs) and use the estimates to evaluate the effects of hospital mergers. We find that MCO bargaining restrains hospital prices significantly. The model demonstrates the potential impact of coinsurance rates, which allow MCOs to partly steer patients towards cheaper hospitals. We show that increasing patient coinsurance tenfold would reduce prices by 16%. We find that a proposed hospital acquisition in Northern Virginia that was challenged by the Federal Trade Commission would have significantly raised hospital prices. Remedies based on separate bargaining do not alleviate the price increases.