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Blog: Doctors say Medicare pays three times more for care in hospital outpatient departments
Modern Healthcare

Medicare reimbursement for cardiac imaging isn’t just dramatically higher in a hospital outpatient department, compared to a physician’s office: It’s an entire episode-of-care cost level higher. At least that’s what an Avalare Health analysis released Thursday (PDF) and funded by the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) found.

The analysis found that Medicare paid hospital outpatient departments triple the amount they paid physicians’ offices for cardiac imaging, an average of $2,100 versus $655.