Ge Bai, PhD, CPA is a professor of practice in Accounting at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and professor of Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert on health care pricing, policy, and management. Dr. Bai has testified before House Ways and Means Committee, written for the Wall Street Journal, and published her studies in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. Her work has been widely featured in ABC, Atlantic, CBS, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, NBC, New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media and used in government regulations and congressional testimonies.
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School professor Ge Bai is a health policy expert and helped write the proposed Senate bill. “Good luck – you’re likely to pay a very high price for this trip,” Bai said, adding, “I think this air ambulance issue is the pos
Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology are two outlier medical specialties that had abnormally high increases in charges from 2010 to 2019, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and University of Toronto.
15-Mar-2022 01:30:14 PM EDT
A study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School found a surprising misalignment between the tax subsidies received by nonprofit hospitals in the United States and the community benefit that these hospitals provide.
11-Feb-2022 01:00:10 PM EST
A Johns Hopkins Carey Business School analysis of nationwide data from all U.S. hospitals estimated that the average probability of hospital financial distress in 2020 increased to 28.5 percent, only about a half percentage point higher than in the previous year. But more significantly, the estimated financial distress of for-profit hospitals increased to 39.1 percent during the tumultuous year of the coronavirus outbreak – about seven percentage points higher than in 2019.
13-Dec-2021 07:00:38 AM EST
The median commercial negotiated prices for 13 common shoppable hospital radiology services were about 2 to 6 times higher than the rates set by Medicare, according to a new study in Radiology by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Michigan State University.
29-Nov-2021 09:25:43 AM EST
The amount of charity care provided by government and nonprofit hospitals falls short of the obligation implied by their favorable tax treatment, according to a new study in the April issue of Health Affairs by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and Bloomberg School of Public Health.
06-Apr-2021 10:55:54 AM EDT
Many hospitals still see the chargemaster price as an important way to enhance revenue,” said Ge Bai, an expert on health care finance and accounting at Johns Hopkins University. “Having a high list price means they have more leverage in negotiating prices for people covered by private insurance.”
The $322 million “merely indicates the amount they would have charged arbitrarily” before negotiated insurer discounts, said Ge Bai, an accounting and health policy professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Insurers would have paid UVA only $88 million for that care, according to an accounting of unpaid bills presented last year to the UVA Health board. Even that unpaid figure didn’t come out of UVA’s purse since federal and state governments provided “funding earmarked to cover indigent care” for almost all of it — $83.7 million, according to Bai. The real, “unfunded” cost of UVA’s indigent care: $4.3 million, or 1.3 percent of what it claims, according to the document. “That’s nothing,” given how much money UVA makes, Bai said. “Nonprofit hospitals advance their charitable mission primarily through providing indigent care.”
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School professor Ge Bai is a health policy expert and helped write the proposed Senate bill. “Good luck – you’re likely to pay a very high price for this trip,” Bai said, adding, “I think this air ambulance issue is the poster child of surprise medical billing.” Bai said patients often have no choice when it comes to using an air ambulance – and since many insurance companies don’t pay – patients can get stuck with huge bills. “These are perfect ingredients to make the patients the most delicious prey,” she said.