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Even the same plan can carry dramatically different price tags in different areas – from $614 in Flagstaff to $395 in Nashville.
Initial reports on enrollment, premium prices and breadth of benefits likely will not reflect long-term prospects.
Government actuaries estimate that health care will account for 20 percent of gross domestic product by 2022.
Penalties will total $227 million, but many hospitals will see their fines go down in October in the second year of the program.
Kaiser Health News’ data on hospital readmissions penalties comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Report recommends that Congress use Medicare's influence to push doctors and other providers to work more closely and share in financial risk for care that is too costly.
The government, in a draft rule, says it will double the penalties and bonuses offered some group practices with 100 or more professionals. It also moves up deadlines for practices with 10 professionals.
Medicare is considering assigning stars or other symbols to hospitals so that patients can compare quality more easily. Hospital groups are wary.
Immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare’s finances, say researchers, because they contribute tens of billions of dollars a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.
The finding challenges the notion that billions could be saved by making the health system more efficient.