Mar 26, 2010 3:48 PM by David Ortiviz

How will health care reform impact hospitals?

Today I'm working on a story about how the new federal health care legislation will impact hospitals. In 2014, a mandate will kick in, requiring every American be insured. Right now, hospitals spend millions of dollars a year treating people who don't have insurance. For example, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo typically spends about $25 to $30 million a year in charity care.

We're also wondering if hospitals are anticipating more patient visits, once all Americans have insurance. I'm going to speak with the CEO of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center soon. More to come.


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