A new WCRI study compared outpatient hospital payments in 36 states. The study, Hospital Outpatient Payment Index: Interstate Variations and Policy Analysis, 8th Edition, found that hospital payments per surgical episode in states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations were 67 to 212 percent higher than the median of the study states with fixed-amount fee schedules in 2017. In states with no fee schedules, it was 62 to 148 percent higher. WCRI also found that hospital outpatient payments per episode in most states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules grew faster than in states with fixed-amount fee schedules.
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