Date of Award

2015

Document Type

USM Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics & Statistics

First Advisor

Cheng Peng

Second Advisor

Muhammad El-Taha

Third Advisor

James Graves

Keywords

Statistics, chronic conditions, age, elderly, commercial insurers

Abstract

This paper uses an All-Payer Claims Database to examine factors of practice utilization through the intersection of primary care and emergency department visits. The hypothesis was that demographic and health status factors would influence the practice utilization quadrant. Individuals with chronic conditions and older age would be more likely to be in the highest utilization quadrant. Healthier, younger individuals would be more likely to be in the lowest utilization quadrant.

Comments

This thesis is restricted to USM access only.

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