September 11, 2023
Providers | Tea Leaves
  • Middle-class Americans are the most likely to be saddled with medical debt, with nearly 1 in 4 having unpaid medical bills, according to a report from the think tank Third Way. Middle-income Americans, who earn $50,000-$100,000 a year, are more likely than those with lower incomes to seek care but don’t qualify for Medicaid or charity care to help pay for it. People with lower incomes are only slightly less likely to have medical debt if only because they’re delaying or not getting the care they worry about affording. “It’s even more tragic in that sense. They’d have even higher levels of debt if they thought they could get the care, but they don’t think they can get the care,” said David Kendall, senior fellow for health and fiscal policy at Third Way. (Article here)
  • Labor marketplace company CareRev is launching a new tool to build flexible staffing pools within health systems. The California-based company, which launched in 2015, initially focused on connecting hospitals and health systems with local, vetted health care professionals on demand. The platform will continue to support qualified 1099 employees picking up daily shifts in health care settings, but when staffing needs aren’t met by the core full-time workforce, the platform will allow current employees in this flexible pool to pick up extra shifts. (Article here)