Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., and HCA, Nashville, own 44 of the nation's 100 most expensive operating rooms, according to a report by the California Nurses Association and the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, Orinda, Calif. Other for-profit companies accounted for an additional 17 of the most-expensive ORs, meaning that for-profit companies owned 61 of the 100 most-expensive ORs, the report said. The majority of the most expensive ORs -- 79 -- were owned by multi-hospital systems, both for-profit and not-for-profit. The report was based on a comparison of federal Medicare cost reports for about 4,500 U.S. hospitals for fiscal 1999 and 2000. In addition, hospitals marked up OR gross charges by an average of 220% over actual costs, the report said, with for-profit hospitals accounting for nine of the 10 ORs with the highest markups. The list of hospitals with the most expensive ORs is available on the CNA's Web site. -- by Laura B. Benko
Nursing group identifies nation's most costly ORs
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