From 2012 through 2016, the opposite had occurred. Each year, more Massachusetts consumers with relatively simple conditions were going to tertiary and quaternary hospitals that have higher fixed costs.
Mass. curbs academic medical center use as healthcare spending dips
But in 2017, fewer academic medical centers (AMCs) treated these patients, dropping from 42.4% to 42.1%, while community hospital utilization slightly increased from 57.6% to 57.9%, according to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commmission's 2018 Cost Trends report unveiled Tuesday.
Still, the state is among the highest in the country in terms of AMC utilization.
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