Recently, the economist Uwe Reinhardt heralded the arrival of price transparency as a "disruptive innovation" in health care. Through modern electronic technology, Reinhardt predicts, open price competition may unleash the powers of the raw market to contain costs and improve quality.
This Issue Brief examines how COI policies affect the prescribing patterns of antidepressants, one of the most heavily promoted drug classes in the past decade. As such, it provides the first empirical evidence of the effects of COI policies in residency on the subsequent prescribing patterns of practicing physicians.
This Issue Brief summarizes a series of studies that shed light on the decision making process about hospice, and describes a simple, effective way to improve referrals to hospice among nursing home residents.