hospital costs http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicare-pulls-back-curtain-hospital-bills When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.<p>So, it's kind of a <em>BIG</em> deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.<p>In a first, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services <a href="http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html">made those figures from more than 3,000 hospitals public Wednesday</a>.<p>A quick spin through the data shows that what hospital Wed, 08 May 2013 21:31:19 +0000 26212 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills