Safety Net Hospitals
Medicare Fines Disproportionately Hit Centers Serving the Poor

About this project

Hospitals that treat California's poorest patients, including local ones, are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act's drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Reporting.

Stories

Safety Net Hospitals Hit Hardest by Medicare Fines

Hospitals that treat California's poorest patients, including local ones, are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act's drive to improve quality.

Local hospitals hit hard by Medicare fines

Three hospitals in Ventura County rank among California’s 25 most heavily fined hospitals in Medicare programs that tie penalties to quality of care.

Authors

Ronald Campbell

Ronald Campbell

Ronald Campbell analyzes health care data and costs. Before joining the Center he was a staff writer at the Orange County Register for more than 25 years. He founded the Register’s program in computer-assisted reporting. He has written extensively about the census, immigration, white-collar crime and the trade in human body parts. He has won the Gerald Loeb Award, the IRE Award and placed third in the Philip Meyer Award. He lives in Orange County, Calif. In his spare time he hikes and rock climbs.

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