The study notes that obese adults between the ages of 25 to 85 accumulate $92,235 in average costs related to medical care, disability claims and other factors.
When a patient arrives at a hospital, he or she can be admitted or put under outpatient observation status, which is meant to determine whether a patient should be admitted or discharged. That seemingly small difference in patient status can have a big effect on both hospitals and beneficiaries when it comes to Medicare benefits and payments.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) says the draft bill likely will be marked up by his committee next week.
After more than a decade of temporary patches to Medicare's sustainable growth rate, there is renewed hope for a permanent SGR replacement. Nearly everyone hates the SGR -- but what would replace it, and how would it change health care?