Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Milbank Q. 2003;81(2):277-303, 172-3.

Reforming Medicare payment: early effects of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act on postacute care.

Author information



The 1997 Balanced Budget Act (BBA) reformed payment for Medicare postacute services. This article examines postacute care use just before and immediately after implementation of the BBA for hospital discharges for five diagnosis-related groups that commonly use postacute care. Changes in treatment patterns were more beneficiaries receiving no postacute care, much less use of home health services both initially and after initial institutional postacute care, and slightly more use of rehabilitation and long-term care hospitals. But no consistent increases in adverse outcomes were observed using logistic regression models. These results demonstrate that financing changes can affect use patterns, that less use does not automatically imply poorer quality, and that the interrelationship of services should be considered when designing reimbursement methodologies.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center