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Big Data Can Bring Us Big Problems

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Background: The authors note that previous health care studies have focused on geographic variations in spending and utilization. Their aim was to study geographic variation in medical outcomes. Objective: To determine and compare medical outcomes at multiple geographic levels in the United States: hospital, HRR (Hospital Referral Region), HSA (Hospital Service Area), county, and state levels. Methods: Data from 22 million hospital admissions from Medicare and private insurances we more...
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