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Healthcare Reform: Utilization

HealthLeaders magazine, December 13, 2010

Healthcare utilization will certainly be affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, this federal healthcare reform will not be equal in its effects; individual states, and more specifically, local regions, will be affected in unique ways. There is variation in the uninsured populations and in the Medicaid policies and rates, for example. Still, increases in preventive and diagnostic services can be expected in virtually every locale. Thomson Reuters analysts have developed a five-step process to help model the effect of enrollment shifts on the demand for services. In this example, we consider hypothetical enrollment changes to the demand for colonoscopies in Philadelphia.

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