New Study Shows Medicare Payments For Routine Procedures Can Be Three Times as Much When Provided in a Hospital Outpatient Department Instead of a Doctor’s Office

February 22, 2016

Cardiac Imaging at an Outpatient Department Averages $2,100 Compared to $655 at a Doctor’s Office

Kelly Kenney, Executive Vice President at the Physicians Advocacy Institute

(Washington, D.C., Monday, February 22, 2016) – A new study analyzing the amount Medicare pays for common conditions finds that cardiac imaging triples when patients receive care at a hospital outpatient department instead of a physician’s office.  

Researchers at Avalere Health showed the cost of cardiac imaging at an off-campus hospital-outpatient department averages $2,100 compared to $655 at a doctor’s office.    

Kelly Kenney, executive vice president at the Physicians Advocacy Institute, says policymakers are taking a close look at the data.

SOUNDBITE:

FOR MANY COMMON PROCEDURES, MEDICARE SPENDS MUCH LESS WHEN PATIENTS RECEIVE TREATMENT IN A PHYSICIAN’S OFFICE. AT A TIME WHEN ALL AMERICANS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT RISING HEALTHCARE COSTS, IT’S HEARTENING TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS.

For more information, visit PhysiciansAdvocacyInstitute.org.

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