Becker's Healthcare March 27, 2023
Ashleigh Hollowell

For every $1 hospitals spend on Medicare patients, the government pays only 84 cents, research from the American Hospital Association found.

On top of that, Medicare beneficiaries who get care at a hospital outpatient department are more likely to have severe comorbidities and belong to groups that experience health inequities.

“The findings of this new study, conducted for the AHA by KNG Health Consulting, underscore the reasons why compensating hospitals and health systems under Medicare the same amount as [independent physician offices] and ASCs could put patient access to care at risk,” the organization wrote in a March 27 statement.

The research analyzed Medicare beneficiary characteristics and compared them to those who were treated in different ambulatory settings between 2019...

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