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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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Second, it examines the understudied relationship between uncompensated care and patient experience scores.
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* Private practices declining to provide uncompensated care.
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With fewer uninsured patients, the study said, there's potential to reduce the cost shifting that occurs when providers pass the cost of uncompensated care onto insured patients.
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He added that Democrats would be willing to consider alternatives to outright expansion--such as legislation that would trigger expansion if uncompensated care payments were to disappear from hospitals that provide indigent care.
Because the Affordable Care Act assumed Medicaid expansion would happen nationwide, the law slowly decreases "disproportionate share" payments to hospitals meant to cover uncompensated care. That decrease, coupled with a state's decision against expansion, could result in even fewer options for the uninsured than before.