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The study’s data came from hospitals that disclosed commercial negotiated prices for at least one of the 13 radiology services, as required under the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule. (Photo: jalisko/Adobe Stock)

A new study indicates that the median commercial negotiated prices for 13 common shoppable hospital radiology services were about two to six times higher than the rates set by Medicare.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Michigan State University reviewed data this year from approximately 2,000 U.S. hospitals that disclosed pricing information. Price differences ranged from 2.2 times higher for mammography of both breasts ($289 median commercial price vs. $129 Medicare rate) to 5.9 times higher for a CT scan of the head or brain without contrast ($813 median commercial price vs. $137 Medicare rate).

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