The Profitability of Regional Hospitals, Uncompensated Care Cost, and the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act
Clack, Tyler J.
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The goal of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is to reduce the rapid growth of health care spending by decreasing the uninsured population. This paper focuses on the financial effects PPACA has on regional hospitals and uncompensated care costs. Hypotheses on the effect PPACA has are as follows: an increased number of patients insured by Medicaid and a decreased amount of self-pay patients in hospitals. PPACA has decreased the population of uninsured individuals in the US and uncompensated care costs have significantly declined since the implementation of 2014 Medicaid expansion. Lastly, this paper hypothesizes adversity for hospitals located in non-Medicaid expansion states. These hypotheses have been supported by collected data.