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Ill-defined ‘charity care’ mandate puts hospitals at risk
Capitol Weekly

Huge changes, and a considerable amount of uncertainty, are facing the health care industry as California works to implement the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Hospitals must ensure there are enough beds and services, and  health care professionals, to meet the needs of millions of Californians who, for the first time, will be able to acquire health insurance coverage.   The increased demand is real and growing, even as hospitals are incurring  deep cuts in Medi-Cal and Medicare payments.