There is considerable data showing that disparities in payment across sites of service increase costs to patients, insurers and taxpayers as well as result in marketplace consolidation that limits patient choice by reducing access to care in the community-setting.

February 24, 2021

Health Services Research: Hospital‐physician integration and Medicare’s site‐based outpatient payments

A recent study examined the relationship between Medicare’s site-based outpatient billing policy and hospital-physician integration, using Medicare claims data from 2010 to 2016. The study estimated the dollar value associated with hospitals acquiring physician practices or employing physicians by using each physician’s bundle of Medicare services. Overall, the study found the financial incentive was large: […]

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February 23, 2021

Health Savers Initiative: Equalizing Medicare Payments Regardless of Site-of-Care

A joint venture between the Committee for the Responsible Federal Budget, Arnold Ventures, and West Health recently released a policy brief recommending policymakers consider “Equalizing Medicare Payments Regardless of Site-of-Care” to reduce health costs for households, businesses, and the federal government. In part, the authors argue: “higher payments are difficult to justify when offered to […]

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February 22, 2021

Employee Benefit Research Institute: Location, Location, Location: Cost Differences in Health Care Services by Site of Treatment — A Closer Look at Lab, Imaging, and Specialty Medications

It is estimated that 20–30 percent of overall health care spending may be wasteful. The Feb. 18 edition of EBRI’s Issue Brief focuses on waste related to pricing failures when it comes to lab; imaging; and special medications for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory disorders. Takeaways:  In the aggregate, employers […]

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April 29, 2020

Community Oncology Alliance Practice Impact Report, April 2020

The 2020 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report documents that 1,748 community oncology clinics and/or practices have closed, been acquired by hospitals, merged, or reported financial struggles since 2008. Data also shows 20.8% increase in practices merging with, or being acquired by, another community oncology practice and/or acquired by a corporate entity since 2018. Read the […]

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January 21, 2020

Employee Benefit Research Institute: Cost Differences for Oncology Medicines Based on Site of Treatment

Previous research demonstrates that payments from third-party payers for infused oncology medicines are higher when care is provided in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) compared with physician offices (POs). Some have speculated this is due to differences in patient characteristics and treatment regimens between the two sites of care. This study employed a novel analytical approach […]

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October 14, 2019

JAMA Network: Trends in Medicare Payment Rates for Noninvasive Cardiac Tests and Association With Testing Location

In settings in which reimbursement depends on test location, higher hospital-based vs practice-based payments were associated with greater proportions of outpatient noninvasive cardiac tests performed in hospital-based locations. A recent study found that site-neutral payments may offer an incentive for testing to be performed in the more efficient location. Read the Study: Trends in Medicare […]

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April 2, 2019

Shifting Care from Office to Outpatient Settings: Services are Increasingly Performed in Outpatient Settings with Higher Prices

Though few patients may realize it, the cost of health care varies widely across different sites of service. A new study by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) adds more evidence to the growing body of literature that shows outpatient settings cost more than office settings for performing the exact same services. In the study, […]

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November 1, 2018

Journal of Oncology Practice: Cost Differences Associated With Oncology Care Delivered in a Community Setting Versus a Hospital Setting: A Matched-Claims Analysis of Patients With Breast, Colorectal, and Lung Cancers

Access to high-quality cancer care remains a challenge for many patients. One such barrier is the increasing cost of treatment. With recent shifts in cancer care delivery from community-based to hospital-based clinics, we examined whether this shift could result in increased costs for patients with three common tumor types. Read the full document: Cost Differences […]

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August 24, 2017

NICHM Foundation Study: How Does Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices Affect Which Hospitals Patients Use?

Hospital ownership of physician practices increased rapidly over the past decade, and by 2015 nearly 4 in 10 practices were owned by a hospital. Prior research has shown that physician integration with hospitals is associated with higher prices, but the latest evidence suggests it also affects which hospital a patient chooses to visit. A study […]

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