For years North Carolina hospitals would sue patients if they couldn't pay their bills, sometimes even for nominal amounts. But it appears that acute care institutions in the Tar Heel State are rethinking that strategy.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed astonishment that not-for-profit hospitals garnish the wages of low-income patients who should have qualified for charity care at the institutions where they received treatment, according to NPR and ProPublica.
A recent study in Health Affairs had some eyebrow-raising data. A nearly decade-old law on the books in California regulating how much hospitals can charge uninsured patients has helped to...
Mosaic Life Care, not-for-profit hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri, used a for-profit subsidiary to systematically sue and obtain judgments from about 6,000 patients over the past five years, ProPublica has reported.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A federal court invalidated an extension of the 340B program that covers so-called "orphan" drugs--a decision that could hurt some hospitals.
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.