Key clinical point: The structure of urologist care may associate with the level of spending for prostate cancer care.
Major finding: Multispecialty group had the lowest Medicare payments per episode of prostate cancer care while groups with intensity-modulated radiation therapy ownership had the highest.
Study details: A 20% sample of fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries and data from the Healthcare Relational Spheres provider files, were used when fitting generalized linear mixed models to estimate the association between practice features and Medicare payments in the year after diagnosis.
Modi PK, et al. Urology. 2019 Apr 25. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2019.03.029.