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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Ind. Decisions - Interesting oral argument tomorrow before COA on issue of hospital charges

Interesting oral argument tomorrow before the COA at 1:30 PM - Abby Allen and Walter Moore v. Clarian Health Partners, Inc. Details here.

For background see this May 8, 2010 ILB entry. Here is a quote from an IndyStar story referenced in the entry:

Allen is one of two plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed this week in Marion Superior Court claiming that Clarian Health charges uninsured patients -- or those receiving treatments not covered by their insurance -- unreasonably high prices. The Indianapolis-based hospital system, according to the suit, gives those patients no ability to negotiate different prices. * * *

The lawsuit, however, has broader implications because it targets a controversial practice used to set hospital prices across the nation. Hospitals typically start with a set price, called the "charge master." Health insurers then negotiate discounts off that rate. The discounts can be substantial depending on the volume of patients an insurer brings to a particular hospital.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 2, 2011 01:29 PM
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