Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors that affect uncompensated care costs
by Moore, Candace E., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 40; 1527399
Abstract (Summary)

Hospitals provide significantly more uncompensated care compared to other providers due to their history, mission statements, and the higher cost associated with inpatient services. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between payer source, insurance type, and hospital care type in the provision of uncompensated care. A sample of 342 Californian hospitals, using 2010 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development data, was tested using Pearson correlation coefficient and an independent sample t test. It was found that hospitals with more Medicare and Medicaid program patients had higher rates of uncompensated care. Hospitals with more managed care insurance patients and specialty hospitals had lower rates of uncompensated care. As hospitals seek solutions to this challenging financial situation, community benefit and financial viability has to be balanced. With these findings, hospitals can potentially make financially responsible business decisions related to payment, negotiated contracts, and types of services offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health care management
Publication Number: 1527399
ISBN: 978-1-303-76674-9
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