Analysis of the Joint Distribution of Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments. Low-Income Patient Utilization


We used the HCUP 100% SID files for calendar year 1997 to construct measures on the percentage of inpatient days and discharges attributable to low-income patients. We were concerned that the claims data might under-report the number of inpatient days and that our measure of Medicaid patients in the CA and New York financial data did not include Medicaid managed care enrollees. To adjust for this in our estimate of low-income utilization, we applied the HCUP percentages to the total inpatient days reported in the financial data.

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