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Outpatient prices exceed physician office prices
Modern Healthcare

Outpatient prices consistently exceeded prices for the same treatment delivered in office settings, underscoring the potential impact of site-neutral payments, according to new research.

Health Care Cost Institute researchers looked at a set of nearly 30 services deemed to be safe and appropriate to provide in freestanding physician offices by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Their analysis of commercial insurance claims from 2009 to 2017 found that more of that care shifted to outpatient facilities where the average price was always higher.