MILWAUKEE — A study released
Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health,
Inc. revealed that from 2003 through 2014 on average the
increase in southeastern Wisconsin hospital commercial payment
levels was less than 50 percent of the rate of increase in the
national Hospital Component of the Consumer Price Index.
The study, conducted by the
consulting firm, Milliman, analyzed several key factors
influencing southeast Wisconsin commercial payer hospital
payment levels. The average southeast Wisconsin hospital
commercial payment levels increased approximately 45 percent
(3.4 percent annually) from 2003 through 2014. This increase
was less than half of the 93 percent total increase in the
national Hospital Component of the CPI for the same period,
according to the report.
The total increase in
individual health system hospital commercial payments from 2003
through 2014 ranged from 18 percent to 80 percent.
During those same years,
area hospital per-unit operating costs increased at a
substantially lower rate than national indices. According to the
study, the average southeast Wisconsin hospital per-unit
operating costs increased 18 percent from 2003 through 2014 —
approximately 1.5 percent annually.