Large increases in unmet need for the uninsured are likely because the additional costs would require a fourfold increase in provider funding of uncompensated care
from current levels.
Jay Kaplan, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, wrote in a letter sent to CMS in November that leaving the uncompensated care
burden out of new types of Medicare reimbursement arrangements could hurt some types of physicians more than others.
In the case of nonprofit hospitals, economic models typically assume that the hospital's objective is to maximize utility, where utility increases with the amount of uncompensated care
Noting that Medicaid has escaped the cutbacks experienced by other welfare programs, such as food stamps, they observe that "Given that hospitals are an important political force at all levels of government, the factors requiring hospitals to provide uncompensated care
may thus have unintentionally assured Medicaid's long-term political stability.
In exchange for providing uncompensated care
to working poor, the destitute, the undocumented, and the homeless, safety net hospitals receive Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments from CMS, which amounts to billions of dollars over the next several years.
The Affordable Care Act was designed to provide access to health insurance for as many people as possible, minimizing uncompensated care
losses for hospitals.
As a result, up to 70,000 Montanans were denied health coverage that would have saved lives, lowered health care costs for all of us, and protected rural hospitals struggling with uncompensated care
This study examines the association between hospital uncompensated care
and reductions in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments resulting from the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
in Montana's hospitals alone cost taxpayers nearly $150 million in 2010, excluding all of the free and reduced care provided by Montana's community health centers, physicians, and other medical providers.
If there's not an expansion, theoretically there's going to be an issue with uncompensated care
Justice Ginsburg's reference to uncompensated care
came from a White House talking point.
These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care
, all in support of a mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
As more people get health insurance, the state also expects to see declines in uncompensated care
Its solutions assist hospitals in reducing uncompensated care
and bad-debt costs and at the same raise their cash flow.
However, the analysts viewed the underlying fundamentals of the business as modest relative to the broader healthcare services universe, and said the key areas of uncertainty include the ongoing uncompensated care
issues and the future of government reimbursement.