Saturday, February 9, 2019

Random charts - cost-shifting


"Conclusion: This report reviews the health care cost landscape in Colorado and introduces new research by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing that analyzes the reasons behind rising hospital costs, which comprise the largest portion of health care spend.119This report focuses on the cost shift to commercial payers.120The Department concludes that while the 2009 Colorado Health Care Affordability Act (CHCAA) -and subsequent 2017 Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Enterprise (CHASE) Act, and the federal 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to increased Medicaid payments to hospitals, fewer uninsured, less bad debt and less charity-care write-of f for hospitals, these policies did not result in a reduction in hospital cost shift to other payers to cover the cost of uncompensated care as expected. Instead, prices continue to rise for non-governmental payers while hospital costs and margins also rise..."

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