Medicare Releases More Billing Data In Cost-Cutting Push

Law360, New York (June 3, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT) -- Medicare on Monday fired the latest salvo in its aggressive new campaign to rein in hospital billing, detailing prices charged for the 30 most common outpatient procedures in a data dump that provided the latest evidence of huge disparities across the nation’s medical centers.

In a 40,000-row spreadsheet, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed how much the nation’s hospitals billed the federal government in 2011 and how much they were paid. While charges varied widely, actual payments appeared to be relatively similar.

For example, Baptist Medical Center South in Alabama charged about $3,400 for a procedure known as “level...

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