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Affordable Care Act’s benefits for hospitals aren’t yet clear
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults are seeing a sharp drop in the amount of charity care they’re providing and an increase in admissions. But the uptick in high-deductible plans across the country means they’re seeing higher-acuity patients and losing out to retail clinics and other lower-cost providers for less complex care, a new report found. By the end of 2014, charity care in Medicaid expansion states had fallen to 1.7% of revenue, down from the national average of 3.2% in 2013.