The increase in hospital facility costs has "significantly" exceeded medical inflation, with facility costs growing about three times faster than the hospital's outpatient producer price index, according to an analysis of labor costs for emergency rooms released on Friday by the National Insurance Council.
Boca Raton, Florida-based rating agency, said in its report that some states have fewer measures to limit costs, such as fee schedules, and this may be a reason why emergency care costs are rising faster. Of the 38 jurisdictions where NCCI provides rate-taking services, 34 have medical fees per service fee, while only 23 have outpatient fees per service fee schedules, according to the report.
Transport costs associated with emergency visits are also increasing, with land or air transport payments for emergency services accounting for more than 75% of total medical transport costs, and the average pay per section for ambulances has increased steadily since 201
Another trend for emergency services noted in the report concerns the ages of injured workers: while the proportion of emergency visits by injured workers under the age of 35 is greater than the proportion of workers in the labor force, an aging one can push up the cost of emergency rooms. This is probably due to the fact that workers 55 years or older have on average 25% higher costs for medical treatment compared to those younger than 55, according to NCCI.
Another "distinctive feature" of emergency room costs is whether the visit results in an operation, according to the analysis. More than 10% of visits to the emergency department involve an operation on the same day; such visits cost approximately 2.6 times that of non-surgical visits and account for more than 25% of the total emergency department costs. The analysis also showed that approximately 70% of emergency room visits that require surgery involve only minor procedures, such as sutures, incisions and injections, the NCCI said in its report.
Meanwhile, major surgeries, such as an amputation, average nearly $ 7,500 – more than three times the cost of a minor emergency room visit, according to the report. Catalog