Modern Healthcare Staff
Although recent news reports can make it seem like all health systems sue patients aggressively, a recent JAMA study found only a small proportion do. UPMC is one health system whose collection policy precludes it from suing patients.
CommonSpirit Health, formed through a Feb. 1 merger, reported a $602 million operating loss in its first year of combined financials as a merged health system. Leaders say the health system's finances were weighed by merger-related costs and operational challenges in some markets.
The CMS is now calculating Medicare disproportionate-share hospital payments based in part on hospitals’ bad debt in prior years, when bad debt was lower than it is currently. That means some could see a drop in payments when they need funds more than ever.