By Rich Umbdenstock
March 26, 2015
Earlier this week the New York Times ran a column about hospitals cost shifting to private insurers. Here is the reality for hospitals.
Cost shifts have been a fact of hospital financial survival for decades. Currently Medicare pays 88 cents for every dollar of care provided while Medicaid pays 90 cents for each dollar of care, creating a $51 billion shortfall to hospitals. Private insurers currently pay $1.43 for every dollar of care provided to close that gap. In 1999, for... read more
Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, access, uncompensated care
By Caroline Steinberg
March 12, 2015
The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.
At the same time hospitals are undergoing a major shift, building collaborative teams that are improving the coordination of health care. They're partnering with other health care... read more
By Rick Pollack
February 2, 2015
It seems fitting that the president released his budget on Groundhog Day. There appears to be no end in sight for cuts to hospital care and we have been down this road before. The Administration proposes cuts that diminish our nation’s health care infrastructure.
Hospitals continue to deliver high quality care in a constantly changing environment. While hospitals are providing care to their communities, some are operating on shaky ground. One in three hospitals operates in the... read more