Financial Fact Sheets
Uncompensated Care Fact Sheet, January 2013
U.S. hospitals provided $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the latest data from the AHA's Annual Survey of Hospitals. That's $1.8 billion more than in 2010. The total includes "bad debt" (services for which hospitals anticipated but did not receive payment) and charity care (services for which hospitals neither received nor expected payment because they determined, with help from the patient, the patient's inability to pay). It does not include Medicaid and Medicare underpayment.
Health Care Spending Growth Slows Dramatically, December 2012
Policymakers and the public continue to be concerned by the growth in national health expenditures. Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) comprise 21 percent of the federal budget, and overall spending on health care accounts for nearly 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With an aging population, rising rates of chronic disease and continued advances in medicine, many fear that spending will only continue to grow. However, health care spending growth has slowed to near-record lows in recent years.
The Negative Employment Impacts of the Medicare Cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011, September 2012
A Report by Tripp Umbach
In July 2012, Tripp Umbach conducted an analysis to measure the economic impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), which mandated a 2% sequester of Medicare spending over the next nine years from 2013 until 2021 in order to help reduce the deficit. This report presents the employment impacts on health care providers and other related industries affected by the cuts to Medicare funding at national, state, and local levels.
Underpayment by Medicare and Medicaid Fact Sheet, 2012 Update
Underpayment by Medicare and Medicaid to U.S. hospitals was $27.9 billion in 2010, up from $3.8 billion in 2000. Medicare reimbursed 92 cents and Medicaid reimbursed 93 cents for every dollar hospitals spent caring for these patients. This fact sheet provides the definition of underpayment and technical information on how this figure is calculated on a cost basis for Medicare and Medicaid.
The Costs of Caring: Sources of Growth in Spending for Hospital Care, 2012 Update
Much of the increase in spending on hospital care reflects advances in medicine that ultimately result in improved outcomes, longer life expectancy, and a better quality of life. However, alternative measures of what we are getting for our health care dollar could help us develop better tools to contain spending growth.
Schedule H Project Benchmark Report
A Report by Ernst & Young
To better understand the diverse ways hospitals serve their communities, the American Hospital Association undertook a project to collect and analyze the community benefit information that not-for-profit hospitals filed with the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 in a form the IRS calls 'Schedule H."