Med­i­caid charges up, self-pay down in ex­pan­sion states

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The Colorado Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion has pro­duced some of the ear­li­est data on the ef­fect of Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion through 30 its study states. of 465 hos­pi­tals in It found that in the first quar­ter of 2014, hos­pi­tals in ex­pan­sion states saw Med­i­caid charges ac­count for 18.8% of their to­tal rev­enue, an in­crease of 3.5 per­cent­age points over the first quar­ter of 2013. At the same time, self-pay charges fell to 3.1% of the to­tal, down from 4.7%. And the av­er­age amount of char­ity care for each hos­pi­tal de­clined to $1.9 mil­lion from $2.8 mil­lion —a de­crease of 32.1%.

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