Objective: To determine how Community Health Centers (CHCs) perform relative to other primary care providers.
Research Design: A retrospective cohort study of Medicaid claims comparing provider groups on the basis of avoidable hospitalizations and costs.
Results: Avoidable hospitalization rates did not differ significantly across care settings. Hospital outpatient departments and CHCs had comparable total costs, whereas physicians had slightly but significantly lower total costs.
Conclusions: Understanding determinants of care cost differences could inform future performance improvement initiatives. Care quality variance within provider groups may be more significant than care quality performance across care settings.
Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School, MS 035, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Correspondence: Deborah Gurewich, PhD, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School, MS 035, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.