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Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Charges also added for hospital-owned urgent care centers, medical practices; Medicare budget-cutters want changes

The root of these increases are controversial charges known as "facility fees," and they are routinely tacked on to patients’ bills not just for services actually provided in hospitals, but also by outpatient care centers and doctors’ offices simply because they’ve been purchased by hospital-based health care systems.
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