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Tue Jun 18, 2019, 06:15 AM

Why A Decision By Vanderbilt Could Make Its Outpatient Clinics More Expensive For Patients

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is changing the way it bills at offsite clinics. The designation for doctors visits at One Hundred Oaks will likely result in higher charges.

Vanderbilt has continued to move outpatient services away from its main campus ranging from pediatrics to palliative care. But as of this month, the One Hundred Oaks complex across town is considered a "hospital-based" clinic, allowing Vanderbilt to bill additional fees.

"In general, hospital providers charge more for care both Medicare patients and commercial patients than non-hospital-based providers," says Jeff Rice, CEO of Nashville-based Healthcare Bluebook.

Vanderbilt sent a letter to patients, encouraging them to check with their insurance plan.

Read more: https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/why-decision-vanderbilt-could-make-its-outpatient-clinics-more-expensive-patients#stream/0

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