Frontier analysis in healthcare

Lovell, C.A. Knox (2006) Frontier analysis in healthcare. International journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 7 1/2: 5-14. doi:10.1504/IJHTM.2006.007870

Author Lovell, C.A. Knox
Title Frontier analysis in healthcare
Journal name International journal of Healthcare Technology and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-2156
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1504/IJHTM.2006.007870
Volume 7
Issue 1/2
Start page 5
End page 14
Total pages 10
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Language eng
Subject 14 Economics
1402 Applied Economics
Abstract Frontier techniques can be of immense use in establishing the best practice benchmarks against which the performance of healthcare providers can be evaluated. If credible benchmarks are set by frontier techniques, then reimbursement schemes can be guided by the performance of individual providers. Although frontier techniques have gained acceptance in other regulatory arenas, their potential remains unfulfilled in healthcare. This paper speculates on the strengths and weaknesses of the application of frontier techniques in healthcare reimbursement schemes, although the main objective is to introduce the readers to the basics of the techniques. Two techniques are considered; one is regression-based and the other is based on linear programming techniques. Each technique has its own relative advantage depending on the confidence generated by the underlying data or the ability to model a complex service delivery technology.
Keyword Frontier analysis
Best practice
Cost containment
Healthcare benchmarking
Healthcare reimbursement
Service delivery technology
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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