The settled law of the land is unsettling for hospitals:
Maribeth Shannon, a director at CHCF, said, “If hospitals cannot adapt and play under the new rules it will be a challenge for them to survive.”
Several California hospitals have undergone recent changes that might have been related to the ACA’s new requirements.
For example, UC- San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Oakland last week announced a merger in an effort to offer more services while saving costs.
Meanwhile, the not-for-profit Daughters of Charity Health System this month announced it will sell all six of its hospitals.
According to the Mercury News, the six hospitals are “safety-net” facilities, which tend to treat a disproportionate number of low-income individuals.[Emphasis added]
The lessons on the difference between coverage and care are just beginning.
The line forms to the left, comrades.
(H/T, A.C. Spollen.)