Hospitals provide large portion of uncompensated care

Hospitals provided nearly 60 percent of the uncompensated care delivered to patients in the U.S. last year, at a cost of nearly $45 billion, according to a new study that appeared in Health Affairs. Publicly-supported providers delivered most of the remainder, with a smaller proportion delivered by physician offices. Although Medicaid and disproportionate share hospital payments contributed back a total of $21.8 billion in uncompensated care costs, that represented only a little more than 2 percent of what private insurers spent on care in 2013. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare