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7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals



The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was written in part to strengthen this country’s healthcare safety net, may end up punishing the very providers who take care of the poor.



2 comments on "7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals"
Bulldog (7/20/2012 at 9:19 PM)

1) Unless Republican governors choose to give away Medicaid funds in order to score political points, PPACA is a huge boon for safety net hospitals. Higher reporting requirements are annoying, certainly, as are reward payments that may not capture the challenges of being a safety net hospital, but drastically increased insurance rates are a massive bonus to hospitals that currently provide so much uncompensated care. 2) Mr. Plemmons: I defy you to describe one specific way in which PPACA is a "massive government takeover." Does Medicare not paying for readmissions constitute a takeover? Having insurers compete in state-based exchanges a takeover?
Patrick Plemmons (7/19/2012 at 3:40 PM)

Gee, who knew that a massive government takeover of the healthcare system could have unintended consequences? Someone should alert the AHA, CHA and all the other organizations that sold their constituents down the river in return for more volume. Volume, by the way, that will be under reimbursed, but I guess that was unintended too.