A handful of California hospitals are asking the state's attorney general to let them lower their state-mandated charity care costs, after the AG's predecessor denied the requests. Now that more patients have insurance, the hospitals say the need for charity care is far lower.
Hospitals are having to cover more of the cost of caring for Medicaid patients, and that growing figure is being increasingly reflected in their community benefit reports that are used to defend their tax-exempt status.
A Modern Healthcare analysis shows that tax-exempt hospitals provide a wide range of charity care.
The share price of Adeptus Health crashed 68% Wednesday after the operator of free-standing emergency departments posted a surprise $14.5 million loss from operations in the third quarter and took emergency measures to avoid a cash crunch.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 24, 2016, covered the following topics: Faith-based hospitals, Roman Catholic hospitals and quality at Catholic hospitals.
California's public hospitals will receive up to $472 million annually for the remaining four years of a waiver meant to reform the state's Medicaid program.
More than 400 hospitals have reached undisclosed settlements with the federal government over challenges to methods HHS uses to calculate disproportionate-share hospital payments.
The CMS continues to adjust its formula for distributing disproportionate-share payments for safety net hospitals based on initial assumptions about insurance coverage under the ACA that have not panned out.
New Jersey safety net hospitals face a 40% reduction in state funding for fiscal 2017, including losing out on a $50 million reprieve from state lawmakers in the final version of the budget.
Two Washington state men have filed a class-action lawsuit against Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle, claiming the hospital failed to screen them for free or discounted care under the Washington Charity Care Act.
With surprise medical bills and high out-of-pocket costs getting increasing political attention, some hospitals and physician groups around the country are drawing criticism for their aggressive collection actions against patients.
The promise of the ACA for hospitals was that bad debt—a figure that reflects bills a hospital can't collect—would shrink substantially under the law's coverage expansions. The reality, so far, is less uniformly dramatic, even though 20 million fewer Americans are uninsured.