Helping senior citizens remain in their homes is given credit for holding down per enrollee Medicare spending in Oregon.
Oregon's $8,247 per Medicare enrollee average is among the lowest in the nation and far below the $10,365 average expenditure nationwide. Washington's average is slightly higher at $8,497 and Idaho's is lower at $7,880, according to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Portland Business Journal reported on the findings in its online edition this week, citing a study by the Institute of Medicine that concluded post-hospital services account for most of the variation in Medicare spending. The study pointed to uneven spending on nursing homes, long-term care hospitals, home health care and inpatient rehabilitation as responsible for 73 percent of the variability in average Medicare spending state-by-state.