Calif. ex­change bring­ing in thou­sands of pa­tients to hos­pi­tals

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Beth Kutscher

Thou­sands of peo­ple who bought health in­sur­ance through Cal­i­for­nia’s in­di­vid­ual mar­ket­place are ac­cess­ing health­care ser­vices at hos­pi­tals in the state, ac­cord­ing to a report re­leased last week.

The report is­sued by Cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia in­cludes a de­tailed break­down of ser­vices pa­tients re­ceived be­tween Jan. 1, 2014, when cov­er­age be­gan, and June 30, 2015. It in­cludes data from 111 acute-care hos­pi­tals, which rep­re­sented about 40% of the in­pa­tient care de­liv­ered in the state in 2014.

House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi touted the report dur­ing a visit last week to the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at San Fran­cisco.

Kaiser Foun­da­tion Hos­pi­tals, the state’s largest health sys­tem, saw tens of thou­sands of Cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia pa­tients at many of its cam­puses, ac­cord­ing to the report. Kaiser was one of the largest ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the state’s cov­er­age ex­pan­sion.

At Kaiser’s 233-bed med­i­cal cen­ter in Wal­nut Creek, for in­stance, 21,624 peo­ple with a Cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia plan ac­cessed in­pa­tient or out­pa­tient ser­vices, in­clud­ing 1,102 emer­gency de­part­ment vis­its and 3,724 men­tal health vis­its.

At Kaiser’s 414-bed San Diego hos­pi­tal, 34,168 peo­ple with ex­change cov­er­age ac­cessed ser­vices, with 1,590 seek­ing ED care and 5,859 re­ceiv­ing men­tal health ser­vices.

At UCSF, Pelosi praised Cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia’s “enor­mous suc­cess,” say­ing the report “is the lat­est ev­i­dence that the Af­ford­able Care Act is de­liv­er­ing on the prom­ise of mak­ing health­care a right for all, not just a priv­i­lege for the few.”

UCSF treated more than 14,305 pa­tients who pur­chased in­sur­ance through Cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia. It pro­vided 49,689 out­pa­tient vis­its and 1,218 cancer treat­ments.

Kaiser hos­pi­tals

have ben­e­fited

sig­nif­i­cantly from

pa­tients who gained

health in­sur­ance

through Cov­ered

Cal­i­for­nia.

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