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*  One hospital charges $8,000 - another, $38,000 - The Washington Post
Adding another layer of opacity, Medicare and private insurance companies typically negotiate lower charges with hospitals. But ... At the high end, a hospital in Newark charged Medicare $173,250. At the low end, a hospital in western Tennessee submitted a ... For a lower joint replacement, George Washington University charged almost $69,000 compared with Sibley Memorial Hospital's ... Maryland has a unique system for hospital rate charges, so differences were smaller, and its average rate was lower than that ...
  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/05/08/one-hospital-charges-8000-another-38000/?utm_term=.c4e861faba0c
*  Hospitals charging fees for facility use - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
If your doctor is employed by a hospital system, chances are you've paid a facility fee. Ohio State University's Wexner Medical ... In many cases, commercial insurers negotiate lower charges, Lowe said. Medicare pays Wexner Medical Center $50 for facility ... Hospitals say that s because such services were previously provided in hospital settings and are still subject to hospital- ... Hospitals charging fees for facility use. Tuesday. Oct 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM Oct 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM ...
  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/10/23/hospitals-charging-fees-for-facility-use.html
*  8:59 pm
But crazy hospital charges often can be negotiated lower by patients or patient advocates. Prescription drugs are offered by ... Some hospitals say they now have trouble getting the drug. "We've not had access to the drug for a few months," said Dr. ... Armstrong, who also works at Grady Memorial Hospital, a huge public treatment center in Atlanta that serves many low-income ... Medicaid and certain hospitals will be able to get the drug inexpensively under federal rules for discounts and rebates. But ...
  http://www.usdaloansdfw.com/cost-of-doxycycline-increased/
*  FARK.com: (8082283) California man gets routine appendectomy with 24-hour hospital stay. Billing charges are: A) $550 B) $5500...
Dinjiin: That's because insurance companies often negotiate lower prices for their members. I recently had to have some lab ... Some hospitals just charge a lot more for their services and would resist coming down in price unless price caps were written ... When I was 16 (1977) I ruptured a disc in my lower back. I spent 11 days in the hospital. Had a spinal tap and major back ... Katie98_KT: If you look at the rest of the documents- Aetna only allows the hospital to charge $17,581. they paid $6,461.47. ...
  http://www.fark.com/comments/8082283/88465824
*  How important is CMS's recent release of hospital inpatient and outpatient charges data? - Lexology
Medicaid and commercial payors subsequently negotiate discounts from these gross charges, thus resulting in significantly lower ... compiled by CMS from hospital FY 2011 claims) details hospital charges from approximately 3,400 hospitals that receive payment ... These data, and in particular, the variances in charges from hospital to hospital, have prompted a number of discussions over ... Hospital Charges. Released on May 8, 2013, the hospital inpatient data ( ...
  https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=72c2b95f-7602-4346-92db-882ac80a2801
*  Medical debt still problem in Mass. | Physicians for a National Health Program
... "gross charges," or hospital sticker prices. Most patients are charged a significantly lower rate negotiated by their insurance ... require hospitals to do more to notify patients of assistance programs and impose limits on the use of gross charges stricter ... An attorney in Selig's office is working to negotiate a payment plan with Winchester Hospital, where she was treated. ... In Oregon, 35,000 low-income adults randomly selected to receive Medicaid coverage in 2008 were 25 percent less likely, one ...
  http://www.pnhp.org/news/2012/september/medical-debt-still-problem-in-mass
*  Lower Medical Bill: How to Haggle with Your Doctor - ABC News
On average, the hospitals' total charges to patients and insurers are triple the average cost of actually delivering hospital ... "That's because no big insurance company or Medicare plan is available to negotiate a lower price," Sager said. "Hospitals ... Uninsured patients are usually charged the highest price, which is the hospital's list price for different treatments and tests ... And doctors and hospitals would be financially neutral, liberating them to recommend care in light of its clinical value." ...
  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/lower-medical-bill-haggle-doctor/story?id=14457175&page=2
*  Hospitals could face rate freeze in Maryland - The Washington Post
Hospital representatives warn they could be forced to lay off workers if the proposal is approved. ... Maryland officials are set to decide Wednesday on a controversial plan that would effectively freeze payment rates to hospitals ... In other states, hospitals tend to charge vastly different rates depending on the customer - negotiating a separate fee ... schedule with each insurer and padding where they can to make up for the far lower rates that states pay for Medicaid patients ...
  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/hospitals-could-face-rate-freeze-in-maryland/2011/04/11/gIQAKdCFvT_story.html
*  Hospital Report Cards | Vermont Department of Health
... similar to the discounts negotiated by insurance companies. All hospitals have free care policies for low-income patients. You ... Those charges only include hospital charges.. How do I find information on charges for procedures that are not listed in this ... There are three different lists: hospital charges for inpatient stays (DRG codes), hospital charges for outpatient procedures ( ... code charges that are contained in each hospital's charge master. The hospitals provide these prices directly to the Vermont ...
  http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-statistics-vital-records/health-care-systems-reporting/hospital-report-cards
*  Very Profitable Nonprofit Hospitals...But Where Are The Profits Going?
In 2013 seven of the top ten most profitable hospitals in the United States were non-profit hospitals. But where are the ... After all, if you are the only game in town, you may be able to charge higher fees and offer lower salaries and not worry about ... Norton Hospital, Louisville, KY. Nonprofit. $211.2 million. 5. Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas, TX. For profit $210.3 ... Hospitals with relative monopolies in a region may be in stronger positions when attracting patients and negotiating with ...
  https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/05/08/very-profitable-nonprofit-hospitals-but-where-are-the-profits-going/
*  American Hospitals are Ungodly Expensive - Mother Jones
When a big insurer has a local monopoly, it can usually negotiate lower prices from hospitals because the hospitals have ... They can charge high prices because the insurers have no choice except to do business with them. As hospital systems get ... First, these hospitals charge private insurers a lot more than Medicare. The average for outpatient care was 258 percent more. ... Hospital systems and consolidation among hospitals have been cited as drivers of high and increasing prices, and these findings ...
  https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/09/american-hospitals-are-ungodly-expensive/
*  Healthcare in the Netherlands - Wikipedia
... direct premium part of the funding and should try to negotiate deals with hospitals to keep costs low and quality high. The ... There are some 90 hospital organisations in the Netherlands, with some of them running multiple actual physical hospitals, ... but not in charge of its management. Healthcare in the Netherlands is financed by a dual system that came into effect in ... In general, there are three types of hospitals in the Netherlands: university hospitals, general hospitals, and a category in ...
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_the_Netherlands
*  Can Technology Fix the Health Care System? - Slashdot
Instead of kickbacks, they negotiate lower charges for participating medical organizations.. I got Lyme Disease again last ... I think the best course of action would be for hospitals to sell their own insurance. Having the HMO and the hospital separate ... I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few dirty HMOs that were taking kickbacks from hospitals for over-billing. Hospital ... Look at an explanation of benefits for hospital treatment. If you have "good insurance", anywhere from 20-60% of the hospital ...
  https://tech.slashdot.org/story/07/05/02/2226214/can-technology-fix-the-health-care-system
*  Profiting from health care / Hospital chain's steep prices blamed for raising costs for all - SFGate
In California, where Tenet owns 42 of the state's 450 hospitals, the hospital chain charges far more than rivals for identical ... a hospital in Redding of similar size. Even though insurance rates are negotiated, Tenet's steep sticker prices help increase ... Tenet's California hospitals charged an average of $73,038 for pacemaker implants, 81 percent more than the $40,452 charged by ... A hospital often can charge its list prices to insurers when people seek medical care outside their regular network -- if they ...
  https://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Profiting-from-health-care-Hospital-chain-s-2771048.php
*  tenet healthcare 2ndQTR 0310QFY032d - English
Currently, if a hospital's specific cost-to-charge ratio falls below a threshold cost-to-charge ratio for all hospitals ... We typically receive a lower price that is negotiated by an insurance company or set by the government. Gross charges, however ... They are based, in part, on a historical ratio of a hospital's costs to its gross charges. Gross charges are not the same as ... If a hospital's cost is less than the payment, the hospital will be able to keep the difference. If a hospital's cost is higher ...
  https://www.slideshare.net/finance42/tenet-healthcare-2ndqtr0310qfy032d
*  List of countries with universal health care - Wikipedia
... direct premium part of the funding and try to negotiate deals with hospitals to keep costs low and quality high. The ... Patient access charges are subject to annual caps. For example, GP visits cost €11 per visit with annual €33 cap; hospital ... Most hospitals are run by the municipalities (only 1% of hospital beds are in the private sector). In Finland, public medical ... The Hospital Authority is a statutory body that operates and manages all public hospitals. Hong Kong has high standards of ...
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_universal_health_care
*  Is the Scandinavian Economic Model Better?
In other countries, the hospitals and pharmacies are all government controlled, such that the government negotiates the price ... NYC poor for having a incredibly low level of car ownership. Low level of home ownership is an idiosyncrasy of Nordic ... "Also, if you as elderly person become hospitalized they will take 70% of your income to pay for hospital bills (+the monies you ... "charge us this much, or do… Read more » ... Even if hospitals and pharmacies are… Read more ». You Must Be ...
  https://goodmenproject.com/good-feed-blog/occupy-wall-street/
*  Why is American health care so expensive?: July 2012
The prices the hospital charges have to be the same for everyone, but different groups can negotiate for lower reimbursement. ... In not-for-profit charity hospitals (only about 18% of hospitals are for-profit) patients are charged a percentage of their ... Hospitals get different daily rates from Medicare based on all kinds of things, and ours, a critical access hospital in a rural ... 5. Most hospitals are not-for-profit and so charge uninsured patients less than they bill, according to a sliding scale. Since ...
  http://whyisamericanhealthcaresoexpensive.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html
*  Insurance Problems - Tr​evor H. Kaye, MD
... a hospital sets its so-called gross charges very high. At the same time, hospitals negotiate contracts with managed care and ... "You should ask for the same, lower rate." Prepare carefully for a hospital visit. If you receive care at an in-network hospital ... If a charge looks wrong or the amount seems unreasonably high, call the hospital's billing department. Hospitals and insurers ... Reilly's insurer contested some of the charges, and the family ultimately was left owing the hospital $11,000. The hospital was ...
  https://trevorkaye.weebly.com/insurance-problems.html
*  tbo: Tampa Bay Online. | Print
... it doesn t restrict what hospitals can charge insurers.Instead, the law aims to lower prices indirectly by encouraging the ... uniform hospital charges without actually setting them would be to let public and private insurers collectively negotiate them ... rules to prevent hospitals from charging different rates to different insurers, or to set caps on what hospitals can charge ... Hospital charges, which account for about a third of spending on health care in the U.S., are uncontrolled by either government ...
  http://www.tbo.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?avis=TB&date=20130522&category=ARTICLE&lopenr=305229992&Ref=AR&profile=1229&template=printart
*  For-profit health: some US hospitals mark up costs by 1,000%
New study finds the 50 hospitals in the US with the highest markup of prices charge patients over 10 times that allowed by ... Hospital Bills Vary Widely For The Same Procedure Hospitals in the U.S. charge prices that can vary by thousands of dollars for ... Both government and private insurers negotiate lower rates for patients. While this is good news for the insured, it is a big ... it charges $340. And one of the top 50 hospitals in the study would charge $1,000. Of these 50 hospitals with the highest ...
  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/294990.php
*  Special Report: Why a Hospital Bill Costs What It Costs | Reader's Digest
Within San Francisco alone, the range between the lowest and highest charge was nearly $172,000. But hospital sticker prices ... The figures are determined by a negotiated contract that dictates the rate at which the companies will reimburse the hospital ... Considering that industry analysts claim that hospital price calculations are arbitrary, we asked hospitals nationwide a simple ... generates its own charges. The hospital also has facility charges, covering room and board, certain room-use fees (such as the ...
  https://www.rd.com/advice/saving-money/special-report-why-a-hospital-bill-costs-what-it-costs/
*  Hudson Reporter - City punts on ambulance contract Decision on hiring company is delayed until after the New Year
YOU CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN CARE FOR YOUR CONDITION AND TIME ARE NOT FACTORS. RECEIVING HOSPITALS EXIST TO ... THEY DONT EVEN TAKE MEDICAID FOR THOSE SENIORS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAY THEIR CHARGES. HOW ANYONE COULD ARGUE THIS LOWERS PAYMENTS ... IF A PATIENT ENTERS THROUGH THEIR ER, THEY CAN DENY THE PAYMENTS AND NEGOTIATE A HIGHER PAYMENT, IN THE MEANTIME RUINING YOU ... Bayonne Medical Center was recently named the most expensive hospital in the nation partly because of how much it charges for ...
  http://www.hudsonreporter.com/pages/full_story/push?article-City+punts+on+ambulance+contract+-+Decision+on+hiring+company+is+delayed+until+after+the+New+Year-+%20&id=24267681
*  Cigna in California | Cigna Companies, Products and Disclosures
... hospitals and pharmacies with Cigna HealthCare® in California. ... the vendor will negotiate with the provider to obtain a lower ... The amount for the claim charged to our Client will reflect the discounted charges and an administrative fee will be charged ... Some hospitals and other providers do not provide one or more of the following services that may be covered under your plan ... Reduce your out of pocket costs: Out-of-pocket costs are how much you pay for things like going to the doctor or hospital or ...
  https://www.cigna.com/cignastatedirectory/cigna-in-california
*  Human Touch Massage Chair Choices - Promoting Health Tutoring & Wellness
The plans usually include rates that are negotiated to lower them than what would be normally charged by the different labs, ... physicians and hospitals. Patients are able to avail of basic care facilities for their health at a lower cost. Medical ... The thing with cosmetic surgery is: where do you go to get them? It's not just like you can rock up at your local hospital and ... The level of care and facilities might also be compromised to a certain extent due to the negotiated lower rates provided by ...
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