- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Five Louisiana parishes, led by St. Tammany, are among the 20 counties with the highest Medicare per capita spending in the country. That’s according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

St. Tammany ranked No. 10 at $11,146 in 2013, the latest data available.

The figures were adjusted to account for differences in Medicare prices and beneficiaries’ health risk.

The 20 highest-spending counties and parishes have significantly more post-acute care providers - skilled nursing facilities and home health care services - per capita and significantly fewer physicians than the 20 lowest-spending counties.

Tangipahoa was No. 12 at $11,066; followed by Rapides, No. 14 at $10,938; Bossier, No. 16 at $10,918; and Ouachita, No. 19, at $10.891.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1G2Q8xL) the U.S. average was $9,343.

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