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What is the financial impact to hospitals as care settings shift more and more to outpatient versus inpatient care?

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1. What is the financial impact to hospitals as care settings shift more and more to outpatient versus inpatient care?

If the hospital has both in-patient and outpatient, it means a shift in financial expenditures, from in-patient to outpatient care. It costs less for outpatient care than for in-patient care, but many of the visits are not reimbursed for, or reimbursed in part from insurance and Medicare, leaving the hospitals expected to absorb the additional costs. Let's look a little closer.
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This solution discusses the financial impact to hospitals as care settings shift more and more to outpatient versus inpatient care. It also discusses if it is working and if outpatient care is really more cost efficient for the hospitals.

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