Straight Talk About Bad Debt
I saw an interesting panel discussion at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Annual National Institute this summer that featured some refreshingly straight talk from three individuals who are often operating on opposite sides of the healthcare cost debate. This particular session focused on consumer-directed healthcare and its effects on health plans and hospitals, as well as how banks might help bridge the gap between two sectors of healthcare that are highly suspicious of each other's motives. Unquestionably, consumer-directed healthcare is becoming more prevalent. And surprisingly, there was little disagreement in this group about why: employer cost-shifting.