Study Finds Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs Among Medicare Beneficiaries Down
Deaths, hospital stays and health care costs have decreased among U.S. residents ages 65 and older over the previous 15 years, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers found between 1999 and 2013, deaths from any cause among Medicare beneficiaries declined from 5.3% to 4.45%. During that period, mortality rates among Medicare beneficiaries declined by 16%.
- "Healthcare Improving for Older Americans" (Seaman, Reuters, 7/29).
- "'Jaw-Dropping': Medicare Deaths, Hospitalizations and Costs Reduced" (Szabo, USA Today, 7/28).