Medicare Outpatient Risk Higher Bills For Some Procedures


I read an interesting AP article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar entitled, "Medicare outpatients risk higher bills for some procedures” and thought I’d share it.

You would logically think that you would pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission for the same procedure, but that is not necessarily true with Medicare billing in certain circumstances.

Medicare said it has taken steps to protect people from such disparities.1 

Not only do hospital billing decisions affect how much people pay for a procedure, they can also determine whether patients get Medicare coverage for inpatient rehabilitation.1


Click on web link below to read entire article.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dc5e151bc42647eda01f4b5c3fdcb6fa


1. Source:  AP article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar entitled, "Medicare outpatients risk higher bills for some procedures” http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dc5e151bc42647eda01f4b5c3fdcb6fa



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