An Alternative to Trauma Activation Fees: How to Use Cost-Based Charging to Generate Positive Margin

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Nov 02, 2016

This article was originally published on trauma-news.com, by  . View the original article by clicking here

Trauma activation fees are attracting significant media attention. A recent report found that activation fees have risen sharply in the last 6 years and vary widely between hospitals. But according to Mike Williams, president of The Abaris Group, a trauma center consulting firm, activation fees are not just controversial, they are deeply flawed as a mechanism for funding trauma care.

Emergency Room, Medicaid, Healthcare Costs, Health Insurace, Emergency Department, Homeless Healthcare, Trauma Activation Fees“Trauma centers are getting quite a bit of pushback from payers and the media about activation fees,” Williams said. To avoid trouble, many hospitals set their activation fee by benchmarking against other comparable trauma centers. Williams believes there are two problems with this approach.

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