Large Hospital Systems Generally Are Paid Higher Prices
- The relative prices of hospital care vary widely among groups of hospitals and hospital systems, from around two times Medicare at the low end to more than three and a half times Medicare at the high end.
- The upper end of the price distribution is dominated by the six large hospital systems.
Hospital Prices Vary Widely, Particularly for Outpatient Services
- Employers participating in this study paid, on average, 358 percent of the Medicare rate for hospital outpatient services.
- The prices paid for outpatient care vary widely from system to system and from hospital to hospital.
- There is significant variation in hospital outpatient prices within systems. Within three large systems, the flagship facility is at or near the top of the price range within that system, while other, smaller hospitals within those systems tend to be paid lower outpatient prices….