In states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations, hospital outpatient payments per surgical episode were 37 percent to 151 percent higher than the median of the study states with fixed-amount fee schedules. (Photo: iStock)

States that have percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules also have substantially higher hospital outpatient payments per surgical episode, according to a new study.

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