According to Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, 22 of Connecticut’s 29 acute care hospitals charge facility feeds to patients for being treated in hospital-affiliated physicians’ offices. The fees can range anywhere from $100 to more than $1,000 and have become increasingly common as economic and regulatory factors force independent physicians to sell their practices to hospitals. Jepsen hopes to convince the legislature to pass legislation that would require hospitals to disclose fees and force hospitals and doctors to notify his office of mergers and sales, so that the state can better enforce anti-trust laws.
Doctors who are acquired by hospitals are usually paid higher fees because hospitals have more negotiating power with insurers. Medicare also pays hospitals more than independent doctors.
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