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    1. Preventable hospitalizations: All 50 states, ranked

      Preventable hospitalizations: All 50 states, ranked

      Hawaii is home to the fewest preventable hospitalizations in the nation per 1,000 Medicare patients, whereas Kentucky far exceeds the national average of 49.4. Preventable hospitalizations most often occur when conditions are not treated early in an outpatient setting. They often affect people without health insurance and add an estimated $30.8 billion annually in nonessential financial burden on the U.S. healthcare system, according to the United Health Foundation.

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    2. California hospitals paid 209% of Medicare by private insurers, study finds

      California hospitals paid 209% of Medicare by private insurers, study finds

      The center's analysis of financial data filed by hospitals with the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development found that while Medicare paid an average of 79 percent of cost, private insurers paid an average of 165 percent of cost — more than twice as much as Medicare.

      Researchers uncovered substantial variation in how hospitals' private insurance payments compared to Medicare reimbursement. Private insurance payments averaged 364 percent of Medicare for the 10 percent of California hospitals with the highest ratio of private to Medicare payments. Comparatively, for the 10 percent with the lowest ratio, average private insurance payments were 89 percent of Medicare. 

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