Often Nonprofit Hospitals Fail To Let Consumers Know About Charity Care Options

first_img Nationally, more health care providers are embracing the direct-pay, or “concierge medicine,” model. A Physicians’ Foundation 2014 survey found 7 percent of doctors run a direct-pay practice and another 13 percent plan to transition to some form of direct-pay model. (Rini, 11/16) USA Today/The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal: More Doctors Offering Direct-Pay Health Care For municipal-bond buyers, the boost from Obamacare is waning. Quarterly results from U.S. hospital chains such as HCA Holdings Inc. — which make more frequent disclosures than non-profit competitors — suggest financial gains from the federal law are growing more limited, according to Barclays Plc. That provides an early look at a trend that may also affect non-profit hospitals, whose municipal bonds have rallied, delivering 16 percent returns in the past two years as the providers were stuck with fewer unpaid bills. (Braun, 11/13) Often Nonprofit Hospitals Fail To Let Consumers Know About Charity Care Options Many hospitals are supposed to let patients know if they qualify for free or reduced-price care. Also in the news, a survey finds a growing numbers of physicians are moving to concierge care, employees are picking up a bigger share of their health care costs and the health law’s impact on the municipal bond market is waning. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A lot of people who don’t have health insurance worry about getting hit with huge bills if they go to the hospital. Most consumers probably don’t realize that many hospitals are supposed to let you know if you qualify for free or reduced-price care–and charge you fairly, even if you don’t have insurance. But a recent study found that less than half of nonprofit hospitals surveyed were telling patients they could be eligible for charity care. (Sun, 11/13) center_img The Washington Post: How Nonprofit Hospitals Overcharge The (Under And) Uninsured Bloomberg: Fading Obamacare Gains Put Drag On 16% Hospital Muni-Bond Rally The runaway train of rising health-care costs has slowed, but you’re forgiven if you haven’t noticed: New research shows that employees are contributing a record amount toward their coverage, a trend that experts say is likely to continue as high-deductible plans and stingier benefits become more commonplace. (White, 11/13) NBC News: Workers Shoulder Bigger Portion Of Health Care Costs, Study Finds last_img read more