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If a patient is having a heart attack, that’s $230 in drugs the ambulance crew administers but which Gold Cross can’t be reimbursed, Moffitt said.
Central Utah Surgical Center in Provo is one of the larger out-patient surgical centers in the country, said administrator Jill Andrews.
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It did more than $1.5 million in Medicare business in 2012 — some of the procedures profitable and some not, Andrews said.
The aging population, she said, is evident in Utah County, where Central Utah did more than 12,000 surgeries last year. Medicare comprised 38 percent of the center’s business in 2012, and 40 percent last year.
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