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.
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.
Many hospitals may not need the fiscal benefits of providing and reporting charity care, according to 100Reporters.
New Jersey overbilled the Medicaid program by as much as $22 million in 2007, and the hospital responsible for the bulk of overpayments is trying to quickly distance itself from the issue, according to NJ.com.
Medicaid payment cuts and uncompensated care hit hospitals in Missouri and Pennsylvania hard, prompting many organizations to slash services and staff positions.
Hospitals that often receive millions of dollars in discounted drugs for their safety net populations are providing relatively little charity care, according to a new report.
The two-hospital Singing River Health System, which serves the tiny Mississippi communities of Pascagoula and Ocean Springs, has an outsized amount of uncollected patient debt: $88 million.
Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio with Medicaid surpluses may lose them under the Affordable Care Act and a round of reimbursement cuts, according to a report by Carrie Ghose for the Columbus Business First.
U.S. hospitals provided $45.9 billion in uncompensated care in 2012, according to the American Hospital Association, which published data on uncompensated care costs from hospitals across the country.
FierceHealthFinance Editor Ron Shrinkman predicts six trends that will impact healthcare finance in 2014.