Medicaid expansion had a ‘close to zero’ net effect on nonprofit hospital finances, report finds
Becker's Hospital Review - 06/26/2017
While the ACA’s Medicaid expansion lowered uncompensated care costs for nonprofit hospitals, those savings were counteracted by Medicaid payment shortfalls, according to a recent report by Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan research institute AcademyHealth.
The study, “State Medicaid Expansion and Hospital Financial Status,” took place between 2009 and 2015, which included two years of post-Medicaid expansion. Gary Young, JD, PhD, director of the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research at Boston-based Northeastern University, and colleagues studied IRS filings for more than 1,700 nonprofit hospitals including information on charity care, bad debt and Medicaid payment shortfalls.