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.
Doctors Hospital of Michigan is still open for business and expected to emerge from bankruptcy under new ownership—and it's newly renamed to an old name: Pontiac General Hospital.
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.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is asking an appeals court to hold back enforcement of its ruling on a part of a state law that lets hospitals avoid taxes.
A federal appeals court has upheld Virginia's certificate-of-need law despite arguments from two doctors who allege the statute is unconstitutional.
Political observers say healthcare won't be the top issue for most Iowa caucusgoers when they gather to pick their respective party nominees. But sharply clashing views about Obamacare are helping shape the climate, conversations with healthcare providers and voters in Cedar Rapids suggest.