Panel: Hospital Choices in the United States

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Terrace (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  David Slusky, University of Kansas
Panel Chair:  Brett Wendling, Federal Trade Commission
Discussants:  Rebecca M. Sachs, Harvard University and Christopher Garmon, University of Missouri, Kansas City

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.

Charge Prices Matter: Evidence from out-of-State Hospital Care
Elena Prager, Northwestern University and Nicholas Tilipman, University of Illinois, Chicago

Is Hospitalization Risk a Risk Factor? Admissions of Elderly Patients with Respiratory Conditions
Janet Currie, National Bureau of Economic Research and David Slusky, University of Kansas

How Do Machine Learning Algorithms Perform in Predicting Hospital Choices? Evidence from Changing Environments
Devesh Raval, Ted Rosenbaum and Nathan Wilson, Federal Trade Commission

Social Media, Advertising, and Hospital Quality
Seth Freedman and Victoria Perez, Indiana University

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