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Table 2 Description of the hypothesis testing

From: Does managed care make a difference? Physicians' length of stay decisions under managed and non-managed care

Hypothesis Description Method of testing
1 shorter length of stay managed care mean length of stay for the managed care and the non-managed care group are compared
2 less variation length of stay managed care variation in length of stay for the managed care and the non-managed care group are compared
3 influence managed care at physician level the variation for the managed care group and the non-managed care group at physician level is compared to the variation for both groups at hospital level
4 shorter length of stay, less variation when more managed care patients per physician the regression coefficient for the proportion of managed care patients per physicians is examined as well as the covariance between this proportion and the variation in length of stay; both are expected to be negative
5 shorter length of stay, less variation when more managed care patients per hospital the regression coefficient for the proportion of managed care patients per hospital is examined as well as the covariance between this proportion and the variation in length of stay; both are expected to be negative.
6 fewer insurers per physician, less variation in length of stay the covariance between the number of insurers per physician and the variation in length of stay is examined and expected to be positive.
7 fewer insurers per hospital, less variation in length of stay the covariance between the number of insurers per hospital and the variation in length of stay is examined and expected to be positive.
8 fewer different hospitals per physician, less variation in length of stay the covariance between the number of hospitals per physician and the variation in length of stay is examined and expected to be positive.
9 DRGs that can be standardized show less variation variation for all DRGs is compared, most variation is expected in medical DRGs and DRGs with complications