August 4, 2022
Inequities and SDOH
  • A new study found that hospitals that treat large numbers of Black patients are paid $283 less for each day of a patient’s hospital stay. Hospitals with many Black patients reported $1,736 in reimbursement for patient care per adjusted patient day compared to $2,313 at other hospitals. They also reported a loss of $17 per patient day compared to an average profit of $126 per patient day at other hospitals. The researchers said that the study shows how U.S. hospital financing via multi-tiered health insurance “effectively assigns a lower dollar value to the care of Black patients.” (Articles here and here)