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Outpatient Costs Higher in States Without Fee Schedules: Workers’ Comp Study
Insurance Journal

States without fee schedules have higher hospital outpatient costs for common surgeries compared to states with fee schedules, according to a workers’ compensation study.

The study found that significant variations in hospital outpatient/ambulatory surgical center (ASC) costs were also found across states. Compared with the 17 state median, the average hospital outpatient/ASC cost per surgical episode in Massachusetts—the state with the lowest costs—was 60 percent lower than the median study state, while the average cost in Illinois— the state with the highest costs—was 45 percent higher, as of 2009.