Research: Outpatient Prices Increased The place Comp Price Laws Restricted| Employees Compensation Information

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According to a report released Thursday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, states with percentages or no fees for outpatient hospital care had exponentially higher costs across the country.

Researchers from Cambridge, Massachusetts compared hospital payments for a group of common outpatient operations in employee compensation in 36 states from 2005 to 2019 and found that in certain cases the cost was more than double the cost in states with fee plans.

Specifically, hospital payments per outpatient surgical episode in states with fee percentages were 73% to 209% higher than the median of the 2019 study states with fixed fee plans. In states with no fee plans, they were 61% to 130% higher.

The study also found that the growth in outpatient hospital payments per episode in the states with no fee plan ranged from 25% in Iowa to 54% in Missouri from 2011 to 2019, while payments in the medium fee plan with no fixed changes in regulations increased over the same period by around 4%.

The differences between average employee compensation and Medicare rates for a common set of procedures in different states ranged from a low of 38% or $ 2,294 below Medicare rates in Nevada to a high of 502% or $ 24,758 above Medicare Rates in Alabama.

Study data were limited to payments for services provided and billed by hospitals, with costs such as professional services billed by non-hospital medical providers, transactions for long-life medical devices and pharmaceuticals carried out by providers other than hospitals in Invoices were billed and payments to outpatient surgery centers were excluded.

The study covers 36 major states, which make up 88% of the employee compensation benefits paid in the United States. The states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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