AHA responds to gaps in NY Times editorial on hospital prices

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In a letter to the editor published today, AHA takes issue with a recent New York Times editorial for failing to “mention some key facts” about the complexities of hospital prices. “First and foremost, Medicare and Medicaid payments do not reflect hospital costs,” notes AHA President and CEO Rich... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, price, uncompensated care

Report: 4.3 million people would gain coverage if all states expanded Medicaid

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An estimated 4.3 million people would gain health coverage in 2016 if the 21 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act were to do so, according to an updated analysis released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report provides estimates of Medicaid enrollment and the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Cost-shifting in Hospitals

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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... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, access, uncompensated care

HHS estimates 2014 reduction in hospital uncompensated care costs under ACA

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Hospital uncompensated care costs were about 21%, or $7.4 billion, lower in 2014 due to gains in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. More than two-thirds of the estimated reduction ($5 billion) was in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, uncompensated care

White House proposes more than $400 billion in Medicare reductions

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President Obama today released a fiscal year 2016 budget request that includes $431 billion in proposed reductions to Medicare, of which $350 billion would come from health care providers and $83.8 billion from structural reforms. “The cuts to hospital care are bad medicine for our nation’s seniors and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, uncompensated care

NJ hospitals report $2.8 billion in community benefits

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New Jersey hospitals provided $2.8 billion in community benefits in 2013, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospital Association. The total includes the value of free and discounted care for the poor, uninsured and senior citizens; community health offerings like immunization clinics and other... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, uncompensated care

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