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Federal Revenue Down, Expenses Up for States That Don’t Expand Medicaid

States that choose not to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion option will lose significant federal funding, spend more money on uncompensated care, and continue to have large numbers of uninsured residents. A RAND Corporation study of the 14 states that have rejected Medicaid expansion so far found that those states will receive $8.4 billion less in federal Medicaid funds, spend an additional $1 billion on uncompensated care, and have 3.6 million fewer uninsured residents. The RAND study evaluated only states that have formally rejected Medicaid expansion.  Other states are still considering expansion, but some of these [&hellip

Medicare Readmissions Down

For the first time in years, the proportion of Medicare readmissions fell significantly in 2012. Nation-wide, Medicare hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge fell from 19 percent, where they had been from 2007 through 2011, to 18.4 percent in 2012, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  This is considered a statistically significant decline. This information comes from a new report, “Medicare Readmissions Rates Showed Meaningful Decline in 2012,” published by CMS’s Office of Information Products & Data Analytics. While the report does not speculate on the cause of the decline, attention [&hellip

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