Cause-Specific Mortality Among Medicare Enrollees

24 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2000 Last revised: 21 Mar 2008

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Jay Bhattacharya

Stanford University - Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alan M. Garber

Stanford University - Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research; Government of the United States of America - Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Thomas E. MaCurdy

Stanford University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 1996

Abstract

Life tables with specific causes of death, particularly when adjusted for demographic and other personal characteristics, can be important components of cost-effectiveness and other economic studies. However, there are few sources of nationally representative information that can be used to develop life tables that incorporate cause-specific mortality. To produce such estimates, we relate annual mortality rates to a set of individual characteristics, applying a statistical model with a flexible functional form to data obtained from a random sample of Medicare eligibility and hospital insurance files, covering the years 1986-1990. Insofar as national data sources can be found to compare to the estimates of these models, the results are comparable. For example, the survival figures are comparable to the life table figures supplied as part of the series of vital statistics of the United States. The framework can be extended to analyze expenditures for both inpatient and outpatient care and to estimate lifetime profiles of Medicare expenditures for individuals falling into various demographic and clinical categories. The framework can also be extended to analyze the mortality and utilization associated with use of specific procedures.

Suggested Citation

Bhattacharya, Jayanta and Garber, Alan M. and MaCurdy, Thomas E., Cause-Specific Mortality Among Medicare Enrollees (January 1996). NBER Working Paper No. w5409. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225469

Jayanta Bhattacharya (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research ( email )

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Alan M. Garber

Stanford University - Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research ( email )

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Government of the United States of America - Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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United States

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Thomas E. MaCurdy

Stanford University ( email )

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