This Kaiser Health News
and Washington Post
story reported by Sandra Boodman, explores the idea of provider-based billing. This approach "allows hospitals that own physician practices and outpatient clinics that meet certain federal requirements to bill separately for the facility as well as for physician services. Because hospitals that bill Medicare beneficiaries this way must do so for all other patients, facility fees affect patients of all ages. Doctors' offices owned by physicians and freestanding clinics are not permitted to charge them (10/6).
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