The proposal would increase Medicare payments to mostly rural hospitals in the lowest 25th percentile and decrease the payments to hospitals in the highest 75th.
Federal law prohibits physicians from referring patients for services in which the doctor has an interest and bars hospitals from paying doctors for referrals.
Across the country, many doctors, nurses and other health care workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence against them.
Identifying patients helps avoid the treatment risks that come with not knowing a patient’s medical history and find next of kin to help make medical decisions.
How can a public hospital that has been a leader in women’s health care partner with a Catholic system that denies such services and considers them as immoral?
Medicare has opted to pay hospitals with outpatient facilities that are “off campus” a lower rate, equivalent to what it pays independent doctors for visits.
Before making a decision on post-hospital care, older adults and family members should address some key issues.
Some states are moving to control costs by using Medicare reimbursement rates to calibrate how they pay hospitals, triggering alarm in the hospital industry.
For prospective patients, it can be hard to assess what these relationships actually mean — and whether they matter.
Total Bill: $4,692 for all the hospital care, including a $2,961 ER admission fee, a $400 EKG, $348 for a chest X-ray, and nearly $1,000 for blood tests.
For years, these prices have been a tightly guarded industrial secret. When pressed to release them, hospitals have argued that they are proprietary information.
Hospitals conduct nightly wealth screenings — using software that culls public data such as property records, and contributions charities.
The price of a liter of basic saline solution ranged from $56 to $383, nearly seven times as much. A brain MRI with contrast ranged from $3,200 to $8,800.