Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 16, issue 4A, P50-63 2005 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2005.0130 View full text
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Darren E. Sherkat, Barbara S. Kilbourne, Van A. Cain, Pamela C. Hull, Robert S. Levine, Baqar A. Husaini

Abstract: We investigated the impact of socioeconomic conditions, patterns of morbidity, and physician service utilization on race differences in rates of mortality, and mortality associated with specific diagnoses. Longitudinal data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Billing File data and the Medicare Enrollment Database (EDB) were analyzed to assess physician-diagnosed morbidity, health service use, and mortality, among the population of Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee (N=665,887). …

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