Hospital Costs: Adoption of Technologies Drives Cost Growth

HRD-92-120 Published: Sep 09, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1992.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on hospital costs and Medicare's ability to provide adequate payments under the prospective payment system (PPS), focusing on: (1) the impact of PPS on growth of hospital operating costs; and (2) factors which have caused persistent increases in hospital costs, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), malpractice insurance, and hospital administration.

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