Naperville, Ill.-based Edward-Elmhurst Health is feeling the squeeze of climbing bad debt thanks to high-deductible health plans, soaring pharmaceutical costs and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements that don't fully cover the price tag of patient care.
Although a bump from the same period last year, the second-quarter earnings are short of the record $1 billion earned in the first quarter.
Weak admissions and a deteriorating payer mix will mark the rest of 2017 after they conspired to ruin the second-quarter earnings season for hospital stocks.
Following divestiture of three hospitals, IU Health's operating income tumbled 46% in the second quarter as revenue fell but expenses rose.
Detroit's Straith Hospital for Special Surgery in Southfield is hoping a new pain center focused on procedures and physical therapy instead of medication management will generate 1,300 procedures and a projected $1.5 million in billable revenue its first year of operation, the hospital said.
Rural hospitals, already struggling after years of cuts to the growth of Medicare reimbursement, fear the plan to end Medicaid expansion and drop billions from the program would mean many would have to close their doors.
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Hospitals that provided the most care to uninsured patients in New York City received the least in state reimbursements for providing such care, new research shows.