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At $28,444, an electronically controlled prosthetic elbow was the highest-priced piece of equipment Medicare paid for in 2013. But it was rentals of oxygen concentrators, referred by more than 210,000 providers at an average price of $120, that cost Medicare the most money, about $1 billion.
When she testified before Congress on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards took heat for her six-figure salary. But a look at the money earned by CEOs of other not-for-profit healthcare organizations in 2013 shows that Richards is in the middle of the pack.
In Colquitt County in rural southwest Georgia, nearly 80% of the people who signed up for healthcare coverage through a federal marketplace in 2015 were new to the program, according to county-level enrollment data for the federal marketplace recently released by the CMS.
According to the data posted to the CMS' Open Payments website, drug and medical-device companies paid teaching hospitals $543 million in general payments, which include speaking and consulting fees, gifts, travel and royalties for drugs based on research conducted by the providers. See which hospitals got what.
Of the 18 physicians identified so far in last week's national Medicare fraud takedown, more than half collected at least three times as much from Medicare as the average doctor in their specialty, according to Medicare physician payment data for 2013.
Looking at Medicare physician payment data, it would appear that oncologists were among the highest-paid specialists in 2013. But this tool created by Project Japan reveals that a lot of the money going to oncologists covers the cost of administered drugs.
There are vast disparities in hospital charges, or list prices, for similar treatments at hospitals in the same area, according to Medicare inpatient charge data released earlier this week. And those spreads vary dramatically from market to market, as seen in our interactive map.
The CMS posted massive sets of data on healthcare payments in 2013, and Project Japan created two search tools to help you digest it. One shows what more than 3,000 hospitals billed Medicare for the 100 most-frequently billed diagnoses and what the government actually paid. A second tool allows you search 2013 physician payments by name, location and specialty.