Tag Archives: Medicaid

Net Effect of Expanding Medicaid

By SAURABH JHA MD  What is the effect of expanding Medicaid on overall healthcare costs and use of the emergency room? This type of question can’t easily be answered by observational studies and requires a randomized controlled trial (RCT). But an RCT isn’t easy to perform. However, a natural RCT serendipitously happened in Oregon a… Read More »

Medicare, Medicaid underpaid U.S. hospitals by $76.8 billion in 2017, American Hospital Association says

According to new data released by the American Hospital Association, Medicare and Medicaid underpaid U.S. hospitals by $ 76.8 billion in 2017. Medicare underpayments totaled $ 53.9 billion and Medicaid underpayments $ 22.9 billion for 2017. Meanwhile, in 2017, hospitals provided $ 38.4 billion in uncompensated care, the AHA said. THE IMPACT This means hospitals… Read More »

Nonpartisan agency asks for pause to Arkansas Medicaid work requirements

A nonpartisan government agency has asked the Trump administration to pause a Medicaid program in Arkansas that requires certain beneficiaries work or train for work as a condition of keeping their medical coverage. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, or MACPAC, sent a letter Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar… Read More »