Hospital Choices in the United States
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This session covers the consequences of four different aspects of hospitals in the United States: how prices are set, admissions decisions, online advertising, and overall patient choice of a facility. These insights are crucial to understanding the changing U.S. hospital landscape, especially in the context of including increased insurance coverage rates, reductions in government subsidies to hospitals, rural hospital closures, availability of additional quality metrics, and the growth of low-cost, urgent-care substitutes. They will also help us anticipate the effects of potential future public policy, including shifts toward bundled payments, managed care, restrictions on differential out-of-network pricing, and regulation of online advertising.