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Selection experiences in Medicare HMOs: pre-enrollment expenditures.

Call KT, Dowd B, Feldman R, Maciejewski M. Selection experiences in Medicare HMOs: pre-enrollment expenditures. Health care financing review. 1999 Jul 1; 20(4):197-209.

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Using 1993 and 1994 data, the authors examine whether beneficiaries who enroll in a Medicare health maintenance organization (HMO), including those enrolling for only a short period of time, have lower expenditures than continuous fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries the year prior to enrollment. We also test whether biased selection varies by the level of HMO market penetration and the rate of market-share growth. We find favorable selection associated with enrollment into Medicare HMOs, which declines as market share increases but does not disappear. Among short-term enrollees, we find unfavorable selection, however, selection bias was not sensitive to market characteristics.

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