What remains after the money ends? Evidence on whether admission reductions continued following the largest health and social care integration programme in England

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Abstract

We study the long term effects on hospital activity of a three year national integration programme. We use administrative data spanning from 24 months before to 22 months after the programme, to estimate the effect of programme discontinuation using difference-in-differences method. Our results show that after programme discontinuation, emergency admissions were slower to increase in Vanguard compared to non-Vanguard sites. These effects were heterogeneous across sites, with greater reductions in care home Vanguard sites and concentrated among the older population. Care home Vanguards showed significant reductions beginning early in the programme but falling away more rapidly after programme discontinuation. Moreover, there were greater reductions for sites performing poorly before the programme. Overall, this suggests the effects of the integration programme might have been lagged but transitory, and more reliant on continued programme support.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe European Journal of Health Economics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Integrated care
  • England
  • Vanguard
  • New Care Models
  • Hospital admissions

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