Dartmouth Atlas Unveils New Report on Medicare Spending
Last week, Dartmouth Atlas Project researchers released a report on Medicare per capita spending that attempts to account for regional cost of living differences. The report examines Medicare spending from 2003 through 2008 and uses relative value units to calculate the cost of labor in various areas. The report found that San Mateo County had one of the lowest Medicare spending levels in 2008, at about $6,723 per beneficiary. Miami had the highest Medicare spending level in 2008, at about $15,571 per beneficiary.
- "Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report" (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 6/24).