Medicare costs

Surprise! Teaching Hospitals Cost Less Than Non-Teaching Hospitals

30-day and episode-of-care costs are lower for care provided by major teaching hospitals than they are for other teaching hospitals and non-teaching hospitals. Or so concludes a new study published by JAMA Open Network. According to the study: Major teaching hospitals’ initial hospitalization costs are higher. Major teaching hospital costs are less than other hospitals after 30 days of care and over entire episodes of care. Major teaching hospitals’ costs are similar to those of other teaching hospitals and non-teaching hospitals over a 90-day episode of care. Major teaching hospitals’ patients incurred lower costs for post-acute care. Major teaching hospitals [...]

2019-06-13T06:00:38+00:00June 13, 2019|hospitals, Medicare|

Congress Asks MedPAC to Look at Hospital Consolidation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to examine the impact of hospital consolidation on patients and federal health care spending. In a letter signed by Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Health Subcommittee chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS), the Energy and Commerce Committee states that We request the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) conduct research examining questions regarding the market trend of hospital consolidation and the degree to which such consolidation increases cost to the Medicare program and beneficiaries, including the costs for [...]

2018-09-07T06:00:18+00:00September 7, 2018|hospitals, Medicare, MedPAC|
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