Obama administration lifts veil off Medicare hospital pricing – “Your heart attack bill: $3,300 in Arkansas, $92,000 in California”


“When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.

So, it’s kind of a BIG deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.”

NPR

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/05/08/182209789/medicare-pulls-back-curtain-on-hospital-bills

Washington Post Graphic Tool link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/08/one-hospital-charges-8000-another-38000/

Raw data link

http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html

CNN article header reads “Your heart attack bill: $3,300 in Arkansas, $92,000 in California”

For example, the average bill for treatment for a heart attack without major complications at a hospital in Danville, Ark., was $3,334. Across the country in Modesto, Calif., the same diagnosis incurred an average bill of $92,057.

Even within the same region, costs can run to opposite extremes. HHS pointed out that the bills submitted for treating heart failure with some complications ranges from a low of $21,000 to a high of $46,000 in Denver, Colo., and from a low of $9,000 to a high of $51,000 in Jackson, Mississippi.

http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/08/news/economy/hospital-bills/index.html

How Much Hospitals Charge For the Same Procedures

You can type your zip code into this link from the NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/05/08/business/how-much-hospitals-charge.html?_r=1&

 

Clovis

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