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Prognosis: Profits: North Carolina patients pay more for many tests and procedures if their physician is employed by a hospital, an investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer has found.Modified: 12/16/12 06:24:23 AM
In the convoluted world of Medicare billing, hospital-owned clinics can collect far more than independent physicians for routine office visits.Modified: 12/16/12 06:24:23 AM
Cooper’s move comes amid antitrust investigations into hospitals in other states. It also follows a News & Observer story showing that large nonprofit hospitals are dramatically inflating prices on chemotherapy drugs at a time when they are cornering more of the market on cancer care.Modified: 10/06/12 08:15:36 PM
The letters cite a recent investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer, which found that large nonprofit hospitals are dramatically inflating prices on chemotherapy drugs at a time when they are cornering more of the market on cancer care.Modified: 09/29/12 08:49:27 PM
Prognosis: Profits: An analysis of data from more than 5,000 chemotherapy claims obtained by the newspapers also shows that hospitals and the doctors offices they own typically charge more for cancer drugs than independent clinics sometimes much more. A News & Observer investigation earlier this year showed one key reason: By consolidating into large systems, hospitals have gained leverage to negotiate higher payments from insurance companies.Modified: 09/23/12 06:52:29 AM
Many private insurance companies pay doctors a percentage of the average sales price for a particular drug. Hospitals, on the other hand, set their own charges, and insurers often pay a percentage of those charges. That system gives hospitals far more control over what they are paid and allows them to increase revenue from cancer drugs.Modified: 09/22/12 11:52:08 PM
A House subcommittee on Thursday rejected Gov. Bev Perdues plan to make hospital bills more transparent and understandable.Modified: 05/25/12 07:27:34 AM
Prognosis: Profits: Charles Grassley, a leader on nonprofit issues, says Congress will act if hospitals dont do better on care for the poor. State legislative leaders say theyll push to repeal part of the sales tax exemption.Modified: 04/30/12 05:06:08 AM
An investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer found that while North Carolina hospitals get tax breaks worth hundreds of millions, some are doing little to help the poor. Instead, many hospitals are pursuing uninsured patients with lawsuits or collections agencies that can destroy their credit.Modified: 04/29/12 09:31:31 AM
Raleigh hospital seeks approval for its plan to divert non-emergencies to other caregivers. So far, it has no takers.Modified: 04/26/12 05:54:33 AM
They employ thousands, give to charity, and save lives. They rarely lose at the General Assembly, and they sometimes come in with cleats high, says one legislator.Modified: 04/29/12 09:30:49 AM
North Carolina is not among the states that require hospitals to provide free care to needy patients or to notify patients about the availability of such care.Modified: 04/29/12 09:30:49 AM
Last year, when Carolinas HealthCare System wasn’t getting what it wanted from Mecklenburg County, it turned to state legislators for quicker, more favorable, treatment.Modified: 04/25/12 05:47:13 AM
In the Triangle, hospitals turn to collection agencies, which aggressively pursue payment, sometimes even after patients have paid. Those who dont pay can be reported to credit agencies.Modified: 04/29/12 09:32:25 AM
When buying a new car or TV, most consumers shop around and compare prices. But when it comes to medical care, cost is often an afterthought.Modified: 04/29/12 09:32:25 AM
Understand your insurance plan deductibles, co-pays, maximum payouts, exclusions. Call ahead to the insurance company, hospital and doctors office to get estimates of the cost and what your share will be.Modified: 04/24/12 07:21:42 AM
Prognosis: Profits: Despite big tax breaks and nonprofit status, many hospitals particularly in rural areas offer little charity care.Modified: 04/29/12 09:29:53 AM
All but eight of North Carolinas general hospitals are nonprofits. That means they pay no state or federal income taxes and no real estate taxes on hospital-related properties. Collectively, tax breaks save them hundreds of millions of dollars each year.Modified: 04/23/12 04:42:32 PM
Sampson Regional threatens a lawsuit. WakeMed, UNC send collection agencies.Modified: 04/22/12 11:21:03 AM
Complicated bills, multiple charges leave Cary woman steamed. Rex Hospital says it has changed its billing policy.Modified: 02/06/13 02:54:54 PM
Hospitals say few pay the full charge, but by starting with a high number, the institutions collect more cashModified: 02/06/13 02:54:54 PM
Twenty-five N.C. nonprofit hospital executives made total compensation exceeding $1 million in 2010 or 2011. Most worked for Novant Health or Carolinas HealthCare System.Modified: 04/23/12 11:44:41 AM
Theyre interest-free for a year. But when payments are missed, rates can rise sharply.Modified: 04/24/12 07:43:30 AM
Wilkes Regional Medical uses that tactic, but its unclear how often.Modified: 04/24/12 07:44:32 AM
Getting liens against homes ensures payment at some point. But some of the patients appear to be eligible for free or reduced-price care.Modified: 04/24/12 07:35:48 AM
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