OIG: Pricier hospitals get higher outlier payments

Hospitals that have initial higher prices for the care they provide are more likely to receive higher payments from the Medicare program for so-called "outlier" care, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General. According to the OIG, hospitals that received higher outlier payments were more likely to be larger facilities in urban areas-- the kinds of facilities that typically charge more for care than smaller facilities in more rural areas. The report did not find a direct correlation between higher outlier payments and more care provided. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare.


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