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Study Finds Hospital Outpatients Are Sicker and Tend to Come from Lower-Income Communities Print E-mail
Written by American Hospital Association   
Friday, 28 September 2018 12:33
 
Medicare patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) are more likely to be poorer and have more severe chronic conditions than Medicare patients treated in an independent physician office (IPO). The study also specifically examined the characteristics of Medicare cancer patients seen in HOPDs and IPOs and found similar results.

The findings of this new study, conducted for the American Hospital Association by KNG Health Consulting LLC, highlight why proposals under consideration by Congress to reimburse hospitals the same amount as physician offices could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities.

"America's hospitals and health systems are proud to provide care and emergency services 24/7 to all who come through the door regardless of their ability to pay," said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. "But as this study clearly shows, the needs of the patients hospital outpatient departments care for each day are different from those who choose to be seen at an independent physician office. Proposals that treat them the same ignore the very different clinical and regulatory demands hospitals face, and could threaten access to care."

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2018 12:42
 


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