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Hospitals ride drug-discount program to big profits

Hospitals actually profit from a drug-discount program developed for low-income and uninsured patients because the program expanded to serve a richer, better-insured patient base, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.  

Jackson Health comes under fire for charity care policies

Florida's biggest safety-net hospital puts low-income patients through a bureaucratic ringer in order for them to apply and obtain charity care, Kaiser Health News and the Miami Herald  reported.

Some hospitals pull back on charity care

In light of the millions of low-income Americans who now qualify for free or heavily subsidized health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, some hospital operators reconsider their charity care policies for those who refuse to obtain coverage.

Medicaid expansion tied to better hospital cost control

Hospitals costs in Ohio are more in check as a result of expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. And the greater financial stability may push other states to join in the act soon, the Associated Press reported.

Federal court ruling bars some drugs from 340B hospital program

A federal court invalidated an extension of the 340B program that covers so-called "orphan" drugs--a decision that could hurt some hospitals.

More hospitals tighten up charity care policies

Hospital systems are scaling back on charity care for uninsured patients, hoping to convince them to obtain insurance via Medicaid or the health insurance exchanges, the  New York Times  reported.

Controversial California law would set charity care requirements

California legislators continue to debate a bill that would require nonprofit hospitals to provide annual charity care equal to 5 percent of hospital revenue in order to maintain their tax-exempt status, the  Sacramento Business Journal  reported.

Hospital self-pay policies vary widely

Not-for-profit and tax-exempt hospitals' protocols for self-pay patients--whether to write their bills off entirely as charity care or insist on years of payments--vary widely from facility to facility, according to  100Reporters.

TX physicians create cash-only practices for uninsured

In Texas, which has millions of uninsured residents, doctors and patients increasingly rely on a cash-based finance model--a system that appears to work for both parties, according to the  Texas Tribune.

Are hospitals fudging charity care numbers?

Many hospitals may not need the fiscal benefits of providing and reporting charity care, according to  100Reporters.