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Efficiency assessment of primary care providers: A conditional nonparametric approach

Cordero Ferrera, Jose Manuel and Alonso Morán, Edurne and Nuño Solís, Roberto and Orueta, Juan F. and Souto Arce, Regina (2013): Efficiency assessment of primary care providers: A conditional nonparametric approach.

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Abstract

This paper uses a fully nonparametric approach to estimate efficiency measures for primary care units incorporating the effect of (exogenous) environmental factors. This methodology allows us to account for different types of variables (continuous and discrete) describing the main characteristics of patients served by those providers. In addition, we use an extension of this nonparametric approach to deal with the presence of undesirable outputs in data, represented by the rates of hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive condition (ACSC) and of hospital readmissions. The empirical results show that all the exogenous variables considered have a significant and negative effect on efficiency estimates

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