Friday, March 26, 2010

$$ in the footnotes

A virtually unnoticed article in the PG today: Health care law to boost Medicare rate for hospitals in Western Pa covering what is at best a footnote in the tome that is health care reform. 

Medicare benefits alone in the Pittsburgh region were $5.7 billion in 2007. So even a single % point change in Medicare reimbursement rates represents a decent revenue chunk into the regional health care industry.

I haven't even begun to ponder what all the impacts of the bill will be on the regional economy.  It's actually a huge question.  


Blogger joe said...

It is a bit of a paradox, our leading role as an "Eds and Meds" and yet not much discussion about the full scale of this earthquake.

It. Changes. Everything.

For the good, mind you ;)

Seriously though, this is a real opportunity to do things right.

I recommend this How will our hospitals react to HCR and wonder where our retired Pittsburgh health care leaders are....don't make me go and get my mom out of retirement! (She developed web pages @ Highmark and was by all accounts loved by everybody!)

Friday, March 26, 2010 10:10:00 AM  

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