When to check if a hospital is an effective public health intervention
Posted February 06, 2020 04:04:00The news that a California hospital is planning to open an expanded outpatient clinic for low-income patients in the San Francisco Bay Area has led to questions about whether the facility is an efficient public health operation.
A recent report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that Kaiser had an 87.4% success rate when using Medicaid and CHIP in the last two years.
It found that the hospital’s patients were more likely to be uninsured and have higher costs than those in the general population.
Kaiser’s study also found that in the two years after it opened the outpatient clinic, the hospital had lower costs for every patient enrolled than other private hospitals.
Kaiser has said that the clinic is not intended to treat health insurance fraud.
In response to the report, Kaiser released a statement on its website saying that the outpatient center is a pilot program and not a full-blown operation.
The statement did not address whether the center will eventually open an entire facility.
A spokesperson for Kaiser told ABC News that the Kaiser Family Group is “not a proponent of expanded Medicaid or CHIP.
We’re just working with the state to understand the benefits of the pilot and how to make it work for our patients.”