Definitions for "COST SHIFTING"
When rates are set higher than actual costs to recover unreimbursed costs from government, uninsured, underinsured and other payers.
The shifting of health care costs from those who are uninsured or whose insurers pay very little (such as Medicare) to other payers, usually those who don't have the advantage or large managed care or government-negotiated discounts.
Shifting cost increases or decreases to classes of customers, e.g., to residential from industrial or to commercial from residential.
a transfer of costs from one customer class to another, or from one utility to another