For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policy-makers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America.
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
1 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH
David C. Goodman, MD, MS
Co-Principal Investigator, Dartmouth Atlas Project
With an aging population and an increasing role of prescription drugs, understanding how drugs are used in Medicare Part D informs quality and value of care. This report provides insights into broader patterns of prescription drug care for patients, clinicians, and policy-makers.Read the report
Research from the Dartmouth Atlas Project shows that even though most patients with advanced cancer prefer care that minimizes symptoms, many still receive intense treatment and are not admitted into hospice care until their last three days of life. Since the last Dartmouth Atlas report, the trends in end-of-life cancer care across the country have been mixed.
A new brief from the Dartmouth Atlas Project examines how the care that chronically ill patients received at the end of life changed among hospitals and regions from 2007 to 2010. Overall, Medicare patients in the last six months of life spent fewer days in the hospital and received more hospice care in 2010 than they did in 2007, while time spent in ICUs remained about the same. Spending on these Medicare patients increased more than 15 percent from 2007 to 2010.Read more
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