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Proposal would change how hospitals bill for services after acquiring physician groups

Photo by Truthout.org via flickr.

Photo by Truthout.org via flickr.

When health policy experts talk about ways to improve how Medicare and commercial health plans pay for care, they often recommend eliminating what’s called the site-of-service payment differential.

This differential allows hospitals to charge more than physicians can charge for doing the same service, in part because hospitals have more overhead.

For patients, the difference can affect whether a copayment is low if care is delivered in a doctor’s office or high if the service is done in a hospital. Continue reading

Media must understand, explain privatization of health services

One of the points that stood out for me at the first European conference on health journalism was from conference organizer John Lister. “Few journalists understand what [the] health care system’s reforms means,” Lister said during the Health in the Headlines conference at Coventry University in June. Continue reading