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New Hampshire Finds No Hospital Medicaid Cost Shifting

Need cheap outpatient hospital care? In New Hampshire, look for a half-empty hospital with many Medicaid plan enrollees.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Need cheap outpatient hospital care? In New Hampshire, look for a half-empty hospital with many Medicaid plan enrollees.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Low Medicare reimbursement rates may have more of an effect on the prices New Hampshire hospitals charge commercial plan enrollees than Medicaid reimbursement rates do.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Health Law and Economics come to that conclusion in a hospital cost-shifting report released by the New Hampshire Insurance Department.

The cost of an outpatient casemix-adjusted discharged ranged from $343 to $731.

Costs at high-quality hospitals were comparable to costs at low-quality hospitals, but hospitals with high occupancy rates and high percentages of patients with commercial coverage seemed to charge more than other hospitals.

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