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MedPAC Finds High Hospital Charges and Costs, NOT Higher Volume, Makes US Healthcare More Expensive Than The Rest of The World

By Elizabeth S. Rowe, Ph.D., M.B.A. MedPAC finds High Hospital Charges and Costs, NOT Higher Volume, makes US Healthcare more expensive than the rest of the world. This year’s agenda for MedPAC (The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress

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Healthcare and Baseball – In Need of Disruptors – “That’s What Speed Do”

by Vernon Rowe and Aaron Seacat Healthcare and Baseball are alike in many ways, and this similarity was driven home when the Kansas City Royals, against all odds, won the American League pennant. Healthcare and Baseball are ponderous institutions, with

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Rural Americans Pay More for Rural Health Care Because of CMS Policy

Rural Americans pay more for Rural Health Care because of the CMS policy of paying so-called “critical path” hospitals far more than independent physicians for the same services. And paradoxically, this policy decreases access to care for these Americans. The

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Unintended Consequences of Obamacare

Dr. Vernon Rowe is a member of the AMA House of Delegates, representing the American Society of Neuroimaging. Many members of the AMA still doubt that Obamacare, or The Affordable Care Act, will succeed in the long run. They believe

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When Hospitals Buy Physician Practices, Spending by Privately Insured Patients Increases

Over the course of the past decade the medical industry has witnessed a trend that has disturbed many health insurers and health economists concerned with the cost of healthcare for privately insured patients: An ever-growing number of hospitals are purchasing

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Hospital Fees Drive Rising Cost of Health Care

Steven Brill writes in Time Magazine that hospital profit margins are extraordinarily high for supposedly non-profit institutions, and are largely responsible for the rising health care costs in the United States.

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Health Care Pricing and Facility Fees

In Kansas City Star Opinion piece, an Overland Park doctor details how two emergency rooms made overly expensive choices about how to deliver care.

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Hospital “Facility Fees”: A Patient’s $1,500 Nightmare

Robert Reed walked into a dermatologist’s office to have a couple moles checked. The bills he received included charges for an “operating room.”

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Patients Must Educate Themselves About Health Care Costs

53% of Consumers ‘Oblivious’ to Healthcare Costs. Patients can only fight rising costs by educating themselves.

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Bloomberg News Investigates Cost Inflation by Hospital Chains

Bloomberg News published an exceptional piece on how monopolistic hospital chains are using their political leverage to drive medical costs up for everyone.

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