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Excess Charges Hugely Variable


Background: Uninsured and out-of-network patients are often billed at high rates. Objective: To quantify the variation in excess charges from emergency medicine (EM) and internal medicine (IM) physicians. Design: Retrospective analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) claims data for Medicare part B beneficiaries in all fifty states. Methods: 12,337 EM physicians from 2707 hospitals and 57,607 IM physicians from 3669 hospitals were analyzed. Services that any individual p more...
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