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Panel suggests ways to protect safety net facilities under health reform
Modern Healthcare

The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System issued a report suggesting ways that policymakers can alter reimbursement to safety net hospitals once components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reduce the number of uninsured and increase the Medicaid rolls.

Among the recommendations is a suggestion that states in which Medicaid rates are below the cost of efficiently delivered care, Medicaid rates be increased for those hospitals with the highest rates of Medicaid patients and lowest rates of privately insured patients, contingent on providing high-quality, accessible, cost-effective care, according to an executive summary for the report.