The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 28 states and the District of Columbia was the driving force behind a significant drop in the cost of uncompensated care last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Hospitals' uncompensated care costs fell nearly $6 billion in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will collaborate with 24 state hospital associations to track the Affordable Care Act's effect on inpatient admissions and emergency department visits.
Hospitals provided $44.6 billion or nearly 60 percent of the $74 billion in uncompensated care delivered last year, according to a study published in Health Affairs.
A top hospital lobbying group spoke out against a provision in President Barack Obama's budget proposal that cuts about $2 billion to healthcare providers, according to the National Journal.
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.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is implementing new strategies to reach out to adults, USA Today reports.
U.S. hospitals provided $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the American Hospital Association's latest annual survey.
Hospitals will see the greatest unplanned cuts to DSH funding in Texas, Louisiana and Florida, which have all decided against expanding Medicaid.
With Medicaid expansion projected to add 7 million newly insured patients, hospitals must be prepared for the challenges and benefits when the health reform provision takes effect in 2014, according to PwC's Health Research Institute.