Doctors' move to group practices kicks up cancer costs

May 6, 2014 5:06 AM

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Doctors' move to group practices kicks up cancer costs

WASHINGTON — Spending on cancer medications has risen dramatically in the past two years as doctors have moved away from small practices toward physicians' groups, according to a report released Tuesday.

That's because hospital out-patient clinics can charge the government as much as double for an injectable drug than can a doctor's office, because hospitals have higher overhead costs, states the study from IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

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