Alaska Medicare Pricing Data Reviewed

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Last week’s release of Medicare data was a big step towards greater transparency in health care pricing.

The data isn’t a panacea, of course, and it will take some time to discern actionable, reliable conclusions.  But, we’ve taken a stab at an initial review.

Total # of provider orgs paid:    2007

Total amount paid to Alaska:  $83.1 m

Total amount paid to top 100 provider orgs:  $38.2 m

“Ambulance service provider” constitutes 18.7% of the total Medicare spend in Alaska, four times greater than the next category.

The following are the top 100 providers paid by Medicare, by category.

#

Provider type

Total amount

1

Ambulance Service Supplier

$15,506,892.58

2

Ophthalmology

$3,276,311.20

3

Cardiology

$2,846,311.06

4

Internal Medicine

$2,080,653.36

5

Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility

$2,074,878.95

6

Diagnostic Radiology

$1,726,362.11

7

Nephrology

$1,445,559.08

8

Radiation Therapy

$1,287,596.43

9

Hematology/Oncology

$1,206,708.69

10

Medical Oncology

$1,164,911.28

11

Cardiac Electrophysiology

$833,947.83

12

Radiation Oncology

$752,732.01

13

Orthopedic Surgery

$739,016.09

14

Family Practice

$672,469.72

15

Dermatology

$594,165.47

16

Hematology

$405,481.27

17

Urology

$385,901.38

18

Pulmonary Disease

$358,630.07

19

Nurse Practitioner

$343,236.77

20

Optometry

$184,264.38

21

Neurology

$174,640.37

22

Clinical Laboratory

$146,897.34