COA study: Hospital outpatient care 60 percent higher, leads to more emergency visits
As CMS moves ahead with payment reforms designed to reduce the total cost of hospital care, the results from a new study show that cancer treatment remains much less expensive at community oncology clinics than at hospitals and that the spending gap between the 2 types of sites may be growing wider. The total cost of care for patients receiving chemotherapy in hospital outpatient facilities is nearly 60 percent higher than the same treatment at independent practices, according to the study by Lucio Gordan, MD, medical director in the Division of Quality and Informatics at Florida Cancer Specialists, and Xcenda, a health economics consultancy.
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