Data Sample: States With The Lowest Charges

The effects of Maryland’s all-payer rate regulation, the only of its kind in the nation, are clearly seen in the HCI results where Maryland hospital charges are approximately one-third of the US average.  As rate changes have been heavily limited for the past thirty-plus years, it’s no surprise to see Maryland and the Baltimore metro area as the lowest charge regions in the country.  As we know, payment is the real key in hospital-rate setting and our latest research on charges supports that conclusion.  Smaller rural hospitals, typically with more percentage of charge contracts, have lower charges than larger urban hospitals where more fixed payment levels exist.  We also see high margin hospitals with significantly higher charges than low margin hospitals nationally.

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