CMS’ release of per capita spending for Medicare beneficiaries shows that some states, especially those in the South, Midwest and mid-Atlantic, spend significantly more on inpatient and post-acute care than Northern and Western states. CMS has also updated its database of common inpatient and outpatient charges with 2012 numbers.
In 2012, the government spent an average of $8,973 per Medicare beneficiary. Variations in data due to location can be attributed to a number of factors, including differences in where beneficiaries get care, technology, medical protocols, concentration of providers and cost of living.
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