How Much Hospitals Charge For the Same Procedures

Data released by the federal government on Wednesday shows that hospitals across the country charge Medicare differing amounts for the same procedure. The data includes bills submitted in 2011 by 3,300 hospitals nationwide for the 100 most commonly performed treatments and procedures like hip replacement, heart operations and gallbladder removal, among hospitals that reported at least 11 cases.

How Much Hospitals Charge For the Same Procedures

Data released by the federal government on Wednesday shows that hospitals across the country charge Medicare differing amounts for the same procedure. The data includes bills submitted in 2011 by 3,300 hospitals nationwide for the 100 most commonly performed treatments and procedures like hip replacement, heart operations and gallbladder removal, among hospitals that reported at least 11 cases.

Posted 1 year ago
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One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000

For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services.

One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000

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For the Elderly, Diseases That Overlap

More than 700,00 people live in assisted-living centers, where they get help with daily activities like bathing and dressing. Most of the residents have multiple chronic health conditions.

For the Elderly, Diseases That Overlap

More than 700,00 people live in assisted-living centers, where they get help with daily activities like bathing and dressing. Most of the residents have multiple chronic health conditions.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Theater: When Blasts Damage the Brain

Traumatic brain injuries have been called the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While improvements in armor and battlefield medicine mean more soldiers are surviving bomb blasts that would have killed them in previous wars, the explosions are leaving some of them with permanent wounds.

Traumatic Brain Injury in Theater: When Blasts Damage the Brain

Traumatic brain injuries have been called the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While improvements in armor and battlefield medicine mean more soldiers are surviving bomb blasts that would have killed them in previous wars, the explosions are leaving some of them with permanent wounds.

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Who pays for healthcare, 1960 to 2010

Josh Cothran looked at who’s paid for healthcare over the past five decades, with an animated Marimekko chart.

Who pays for healthcare, 1960 to 2010

Josh Cothran looked at who’s paid for healthcare over the past five decades, with an animated Marimekko chart.

Posted 2 years ago
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What happens if a state opts out of Medicaid, in one chart

If governors opt their states out of the health law’s Medicaid expansion — as many are now threatening to do — it’s the poorest Americans who would find themselves getting the rawest deal.

What happens if a state opts out of Medicaid, in one chart

If governors opt their states out of the health law’s Medicaid expansion — as many are now threatening to do — it’s the poorest Americans who would find themselves getting the rawest deal.

Posted 2 years ago
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Gaps in the U.S. Healthcare System

Gaps in the U.S. Healthcare System

Posted 2 years ago
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reuters:

The Obama administration faced skeptical questioning from a US Supreme Court dominated by conservatives on Tuesday during a tense two-hour showdown over a sweeping healthcare law that has divided Americans. 
Today’s graphic takes you inside the hearings giving you all the details on who is involved and the layout of the hearing.
LIVE BLOG: SCOTUS hearing on Affordable Health Care ActLATEST: High stakes for Obama with healthcare on the line

reuters:

The Obama administration faced skeptical questioning from a US Supreme Court dominated by conservatives on Tuesday during a tense two-hour showdown over a sweeping healthcare law that has divided Americans.

Today’s graphic takes you inside the hearings giving you all the details on who is involved and the layout of the hearing.

LIVE BLOG: SCOTUS hearing on Affordable Health Care Act
LATEST: High stakes for Obama with healthcare on the line

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 Why an MRI costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France

There is a simple reason health care in the United States costs more than it does anywhere else: The prices are higher.
That  may sound obvious. But it is, in fact, key to understanding one of the  most pressing problems facing our economy. In 2009, Americans spent  $7,960 per person on health care. Our neighbors in Canada spent $4,808.  The Germans spent $4,218. The French, $3,978. If we had the per-person  costs of any of those countries, America’s deficits would vanish.  Workers would have much more money in their pockets. Our economy would  grow more quickly, as our exports would be more competitive.

Why an MRI costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France

There is a simple reason health care in the United States costs more than it does anywhere else: The prices are higher.

That may sound obvious. But it is, in fact, key to understanding one of the most pressing problems facing our economy. In 2009, Americans spent $7,960 per person on health care. Our neighbors in Canada spent $4,808. The Germans spent $4,218. The French, $3,978. If we had the per-person costs of any of those countries, America’s deficits would vanish. Workers would have much more money in their pockets. Our economy would grow more quickly, as our exports would be more competitive.

Posted 2 years ago
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Will health care law raise states’ Medicaid costs?

The nation’s Republican governors are raising a new complaint against  the 2010 national health overhaul, which they deride as “Obamacare.”  They say it would drive up their Medicaid costs dramatically at a time  they’re already slashing their budgets to cope with debt.

Will health care law raise states’ Medicaid costs?

The nation’s Republican governors are raising a new complaint against the 2010 national health overhaul, which they deride as “Obamacare.” They say it would drive up their Medicaid costs dramatically at a time they’re already slashing their budgets to cope with debt.

Posted 3 years ago
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A Brief History of Senate Reconciliation Votes

As Democrats move forward to pass health care reform attention has  focused on a key piece of Senate rules known as budget reconciliation.  This post takes Senate vote records covering 13 key reconciliation votes  from 1990 to 2007 to show how senators in both parties voted—and how  sitting senators voted in the past—on a variety of reconciliation  bills.

A Brief History of Senate Reconciliation Votes

As Democrats move forward to pass health care reform attention has focused on a key piece of Senate rules known as budget reconciliation. This post takes Senate vote records covering 13 key reconciliation votes from 1990 to 2007 to show how senators in both parties voted—and how sitting senators voted in the past—on a variety of reconciliation bills.

Posted 3 years ago
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